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Large-flower Clarkia - Clarkia pulchella

Native Species

Global Rank: G5?
State Rank: S4
C-value: 4

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General Description
Stems erect, 10–50 cm. Herbage puberulent. Leaves alternate, linear, obscurely petiolate, 1–6 cm long. Flowers slightly irregular, pedicelate, magenta (white); hyapnthium 1–5 mm long; sepals 6–15 mm long, often joined at the tips; petals 1–3 cm long, deeply 3-lobed with a pair of small lateral lobes on the claw; stamens 8, only 4 fertile; stigma lobes 1–3 mm long. Capsule linear, vaguely 4-angled, 1–2 cm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC, MT south to OR, ID, WY and SD (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 33

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  • 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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    • Durham, R. A., D. L. Mummey, L. Shreading, and P.W. Ramsey. 2017. Phenological patterns differ between exotic and native plants: Field observations from the Sapphire Mountains, Montana. Natural Areas Journal, 37(3), 361–381.
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