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Western Mountain kittentails - Synthyris missurica

Potential Species of Concern
Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S3S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
State Threat Score: No Known Threats

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Uncommon in Montana and restricted in distribution to the Bitterroot Mtns. Population sizes are poorly documented and associated information on trends and threats are also lacking.
General Description
Herbage glabrous. Leaf blades orbicular-cordate, 2–6 cm wide, shallowly lobed, crenate. Inflorescence: scape 6–20 cm long, longer than the leaves. Flowers: calyx 1–3 mm long; corolla 3–7 mm long, lobes longer than the tube. Capsule 3–6 mm long, pubescent (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Flowering late May to early July.

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
On hills adjoining Colombia River Gorge through Cascade Range, Washington and Oregon; northeastern Washington and northern Idaho south to Modoc County, northeastern California and south central Idaho.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 25

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Relative Density



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

Open forests and rocky ridges in the montane and subalpine zones.
Predicted Suitable Habitat Model

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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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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