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Spreading Globeflower - Trollius albiflorus
Other Names:  Trollius laxus var. albiflorus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S4S5
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 7

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Common in suitable habitat of the mountains of western and central Montana.
  • Details on Status Ranking and Review
    Spreading Globeflower (Trollius albiflorus) Conservation Status Review
    Review Date = 09/26/2012
    View State Conservation Rank Criteria
    Population Size

    Score0 - Large: Generally >100,000 individuals.

    Range Extent

    Score0 - Widespread species within Montana (occurs in 5% or more of the state or generally occurring in 6 or more sub-basins.) as well as outside of Montana.

    Area of Occupancy

    Score0 - High: Occurs in >25 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).

    Environmental Specificity

    Score1 - Moderate: Species is restricted to a specific habitat that is more widely distributed or to several restricted habitats and is typically dependent upon relatively unaltered, good-quality habitat (C Values of 5-7).


    Score0-1 - Stable to Minor Declines:

    CommentTrends unknown, though populations are likely stable or experiencing only minor declines.


    Score0-1 - Low to Medium.

    Intrinsic Vulnerability

    Score0 - Low Vulnerability: Species does not have any unusual or specific life history or biological attributes or limted reproductive potential which makes it susceptible to extirpation from stochastic events or other adverse impacts to its habitat and thus slow to recover.

    Raw Conservation Status Score

    Score 1 to 3 total points scored out of a possible 19.

General Description
Perennial with fibrous roots. Stems erect, 5–50 cm high, expanding with maturity. Leaves petiolate, the blades broadly cordate, 3–7 cm wide, deeply palmately divided into ca. 5 toothed or lobed, ovate segments. Flowers solitary; sepals 5 to 7, petal-like, white, 1–2 cm long; petals inconspicuous, stamen-like; stamens many; pistils 10 to 20. Fruit a hemispheric cluster of cylindrical several-seeded follicles 8–15 mm high, opening at the top (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
BC to AB south to WA, ID, CO and UT (Lesica 2012 and Parfitt 1997 in FNA).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 40

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Relative Density



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

Wet meadows, stream banks, often near melting snow; subalpine, lower alpine (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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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Joslin, G.J. 1975. Behavior and environmental selection by Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) during surrmer and fall in the First and Second Yellow Mule drainages, Madison County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, Bozeman. 65 p.
    • Williams, K.L. 2012. Classification of the grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, forests and alpine vegetation associations of the Custer National Forest portion of the Beartooth Mountains in southcentral Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 376 p.
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