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Jeffrey's Shootingstar - Dodecatheon jeffreyi
Other Names:  Jeffrey's Shooting Star, Primula jeffreyi

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
C-value: 7

Agency Status


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General Description
Scapes 10–60 cm. Leaves mostly glabrous; the blade oblong, 3–25 cm long, entire to serrulate. Umbel glandular, of 3 to 10 flowers; pedicels 1–4 cm long. Flowers sometimes 4-merous; corolla lobes 8–20 mm long, pink to purple (white), darker than the tube, often glandular; base of anther tube purple, horizontally wrinkled; calyx glandular, filaments <1 mm long. Capsule ovoid, 6–12 mm long, operculate, valves splitting below the operculum (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 105

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

Meadows, wet, open forest, along streams; upper montane to upper subalpine (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus auricomus, Bombus bifarius, Bombus centralis, Bombus flavifrons, Bombus huntii, Bombus melanopygus, Bombus mixtus, Bombus nevadensis, Bombus rufocinctus, Bombus sylvicola, Bombus occidentalis, and Bombus pensylvanicus (Macior 1968, Macior 1974, Thorp et al. 1983).

  • 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.
    • Macior, L.M. 1968. Bombus (Hymenoptera, Apidae) queen foraging in relation to vernal pollination in Wisconsin. Ecology 49:20-25.
    • Macior, L.M. 1974. Pollination ecology of the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Melanderia 15: 1-59.
    • Thorp, R.W., D.S. Horning, and L.L. Dunning. 1983. Bumble bees and cuckoo bumble bees of California (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 23:1-79.
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