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Cordilleran Valerian - Valeriana acutiloba

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
C-value: 7

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General Description
Short-rhizomatous. Stems 10–50 cm, puberulent. Basal leaves long-petiolate; blades 2–8 cm long, ovate to obovate, entire, on separate shoots. Stem leaves smaller than the basal leaves; blades entire or with 1 or 2 pairs of oblanceolate lateral lobes <1 cm wide. Inflorescence hemispheric, 1–3 cm across, puberulent. Flowers perfect; corolla white, 4–7 mm long, lobes ca. half as long as the tube. Achenes lanceolate, 3–6 mm long, puberulent or glabrous (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
OR to MT south to CA, AZ and NM (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 2

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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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    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
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