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Small-flower Anemone - Anemone parviflora

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 6

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Numerous locations across western Montana, particularly in and around the Glacier/Bob Marshall country.
General Description
Stems 4–25 cm tall from slender rhizomes. Leaves nearly glabrous, the blades, 5–25 mm long, divided into 3 wedge-shaped, shallowly to deeply lobed leaflets. Inflorescence 1-flowered, subtended by 2 to 3 deeply lobed, cuneate, sessile bracts 5–30 mm long. Flowers with 5 to 6, white or bluish-tinged sepals, 7–25 mm long. Achenes wooly, in a globose head 5–12 mm high; style straight, 0.5–2 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
AK to NL south to OR, UT, and CO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 262

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Relative Density



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

Meadows, streamsides, and rocky areas.

  • 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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    • Ament, R.J. 1995. Pioneer Plant Communities Five Years After the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 216 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • King, C. R. 1953. The Ranunculaceae of Montana. M.S. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 82 p.
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