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Kotzebue's Grass-of-Parnassus - Parnassia kotzebuei

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Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 9

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Numerous collections at MONTU from Glacier, Park, Gallatin, Madison, Teton, Granite, Ravalli Counties.

This plant's high elevation habitat is probably currently secure. Possibly threatened by climate change. Its status should be periodically reviewed.
General Description
Stems 1 to several, bractless, 1–12 cm. Leaf blades ovate, 6–20 mm long, truncate or cuneate at the base. Flowers: calyx lobes 4–8 mm long, 3-veined; petals ovate, barely longer than the setals; staminodia fan-shaped with terminal, capitate lobes. Capsule 5–8 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to Greenland south to WA, NV, CO; Asia (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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  • 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.
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