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Meadow Onion - Allium canadense

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Not Documented

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA
(see State Rank Reason below)

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Allium canadense is not documented in Montana (MTNHP Status Review in 2017). Allium canadense var. fraseri was reported for Fergus County, Montana in the Atlas of the Flora of the Great Plains (McGregor et al. [eds.] 1977). A search for the specimen(s) was conducted at all herbaria consulted in the preparation of the Atlas (Andrea Pipp personal communication). The specimen (Stephens 68813, KANU) upon which the report was based was later re-determined by Robert Dorn to be Allium cernuum. Another specimen deposited at the Montana State University herbarium (MONT) was also mis-identified and later annotated to be Allium textile. A conservation status rank is not applicable (SNA) because this plant is not known to occur in Montana.
General Description
Please refer to the State Rank Reason for its status and the following botanical literature for species identification:

Flora of North America
Published Floras
On-line e-Floras

Flora of the Great Plains (McGregor et al. 1986).

Potential specimens should be provided to and verified at one of our State Herbaria:
University of Montana (MONTU), Montana State University (MONT), or Montana State University-Billings (MSUB).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee. 2002. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Vol. 26. Magnoliophyta: Liliidae: Liliales and Orchidales. New York, NY: Oxford Univ. Press. xxvi + 723 pp.
    • McGregor, R.L. (coordinator), T.M. Barkley, R.E. Brooks, and E.K. Schofield (eds). 1986. Flora of the Great Plains: Great Plains Flora Association. Lawrence, KS: Univ. Press Kansas. 1392 pp.
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • 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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