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Purple Meadowrue - Thalictrum dasycarpum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Plants dioecious. Stems 60–150 cm with glabrous foliage. Leaves sessile, 3–5 times ternate; ultimate leaflets 2–3 cm long, acutely 3-lobed, leathery, distinctly veined, glaucous and sparsely hairy beneath with revolute margins. Inflorescence compound bracteate panicles. Flowers with whitish sepals 3–4 mm long; anthers ca. 2 mm long, much shorter than the tapered filaments. Fruits ca. 10 pubescent, spreading achenes, the body 2–4 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
BC to QC, south to AZ, TX, AL and PA (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 34

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Relative Density



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

Wet meadows, thickets, ditch and stream banks; plains, valleys to montane (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • 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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    • Eggers, M.J.S. 2005. Riparian vegetation of the Montana Yellowstone and cattle grazing impacts thereon. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. 125 p.
    • King, C. R. 1953. The Ranunculaceae of Montana. M.S. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 82 p.
    • Saunders, J.K., Jr. 1954. A two-year investigation of the food habits and range use of the Rocky Mountain goat in the Crazy Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 22 p.
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