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Western Featherbells - Stenanthium occidentale
Other Names:  Anticlea occidentalis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 7

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  • Details on Status Ranking and Review
    Western Featherbells (Stenanthium occidentale) Conservation Status Review
    Review Date = 09/04/2012
    View State Conservation Rank Criteria
    Population Size

    Score0-1 - Moderate to Large: Population size is imprecisely known but is believed to be >10,000 individuals.

    CommentPopulation size is unknown for Montana, though it may be more than 100,000 plants.

    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.

    CommentSporadically distributed in western Montana, though it likely occurs in more than 6 sub-basins.

    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).


    ScoreNA - Rank factor not assessed.

    CommentTrends are unknown, though habitat is generally stable and populations have probably not declined significantly.


    Score0-1 - Low to Medium.

    CommentThreats to the species' viability appear to be insignificant to low.

    Intrinsic Vulnerability

    Score0-1 - Low to Moderate Vulnerability.

    CommentNo specific factors are known which are believed to increase the species' vulnerability.

    Raw Conservation Status Score

    Score 1 to 3 total points scored out of a possible 16 (Rarity factors and threats only).

General Description
Glabrous perennial from an elongate bulb. Stems ascending to erect, 15–55 cm. Leaves petiolate, basal; blades linear-oblanceolate, 5–25 cm × 2–20 mm. Inflorescence a simple or branched, linear-bracteate raceme with 3 to 20 well-separated, nodding flowers. Flowers regular, campanulate, yellow-green to purplish; tepals united at the base, 8–15 mm long, linear-lanceolate with spreading, acuminate tips; stamens barely included; ovary superior or slightly inferior; style deeply 3-branched. Fruit a lanceoloid, 3-beaked capsule ca. 15 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 135

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Relative Density



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

Moist, often shallow soil of coniferous forest, often along streams, cool shaded slopes, cliffs; valleys to 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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    • 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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