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Sitka Mistmaid - Romanzoffia sitchensis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 7

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Only variety sitchensis occurs in Montana. Collections are available from Lake, Missoula, Ravalli, Glacier and Flathead Counties. Described as "common in wet, shallow soil of cliffs and streambanks near or above treeline" in Glacier National Park (Lesica 2002). Its habitat generally does not appear to be at risk.
General Description
Perennial. Stems weak, prostrate to ascending or hanging, 5–20 cm. Herbage glabrous with sparsely villous petioles and stems. Leaves basal, long-petiolate with bulblets in the swollen bases; blades reniform with shallowly lobed margins, 1–3 cm wide. Inflorescence a sparsely-flowered racemose cyme; pedicels 6–20 mm long. Flowers campanulate; calyx divided to near the base, 2–4 mm long; corolla white, 6–10 mm long, lobes 2–4 mm long, yellow at the base; stamens included; style 2–5 mm long, undivided. Capsule with numerous seeds (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Not likely to be confused with anything else in Montana.

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to CA, ID and MT (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 7

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Moist to dripping rock faces and talus.

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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