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Few-flower Meadowrue - Thalictrum sparsiflorum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Monoecious. Stems glabrous, 30–90 cm. Leaves mostly cauline, bi- to tri-ternate or pinnate, ultimate leaflets glandular-puberulent below, 1–2 cm long, deeply 3-cleft and lobed. Inflorescence with few-flowered racemes or panicles from axils of leaf-like bracts. Flowers perfect; sepals white to green, ca. 3 mm long; anthers up to 1 mm long, much shorter than filaments. Fruits 6 to 12 reflexed-stipitate, glandular, flattened achenes, the body 3–5 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to ON south to CA, 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: 10

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

Moist to wet meadows, thickets, often along streams, beneath willows; montane, lower subalpine (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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    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • King, C. R. 1953. The Ranunculaceae of Montana. M.S. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 82 p.
    • Tuinstra, K. E. 1967. Vegetation of the floodplains and first terraces of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana. Ph.D dissertation. Montana State University, Bozeman 110 pp.
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