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Nuttall's Linanthus - Linanthastrum nuttallii
Other Names:  Linanthus nuttallii, Leptosiphon nuttallii

Potential Species of Concern
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
State Threat Score: Unknown
C-value: 5

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Reported as locally common in the Bitterroot Mountains by Lesica & Shelly (1991).
General Description
Taprooted perennial from a woody, branched crown. Stems ascending to erect, usually simple, 5–20 cm. Herbage glabrate, puberulent on the stems. Leaves sessile, opposite, 10–15 mm long, deeply palmately lobed into 5 to 9 linear, mucronate segments, often with axillary fascicles. Inflorescence terminal, compact, leafy-bracted cymes. Flowers 5-merous; calyx 6–7 mm long, puberulent, tube green throughout but with a hyaline membrane between the lobes; corolla white, salverform, tube 6–7 mm long, puberulent, lobes 3–5 mm long. Capsules 4–6 mm long, usually with 1 seed per locule (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
Ravalli County; WA to MT south to CA, AZ, NM, CO and Mexico (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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Relative Density



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

Open soil in grasslands and on rock outcrops in the montane zone.

  • 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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Forcella, F. 1977. Flora, chorology, biomass and productivity of the Pinus albicaulis-Vaccinium scoparium association. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 99 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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