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A globally rare species, recently documented in Montana from Glacier National Park.
Plants 6-12 cm tall with a common stalk 0-3 cm long. Tropophores yellow-green and leathery; stalks up to 1 cm long; blades 2.5-7 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, narrowly ovate to ovate, once pinnate. Pinna pairs 4-6, more or less perpendicular to rachis, separate to slightly overlapping but not overlapping the rachis. Basal pinnae 7-20 mm long, 7-18 mm wide, sessile, fan-shapped and spanning an arc of 120-180 degrees, often asymmetrcial with the basal portion expanded. Sporophores 5-10 cm long, the stalks 2.5-5 cm long and shorter than or equaling the length of tropophore; sporangia-bearing portino erect, 1-2-pinnate, broadly ovate in outline, branches 4-6, ascending to spreading, especially the lowermost, which are often twisted such that the sporangia project downwards; sporangia partially embeddedi n the distally thickened sporangiophore branches (adapted from Stenvold et al. 2002).
In MT only known from Glacier National Park; widely disjunct ranges in southeast AK, YT and BC, MT, southern ID, east-central CA, soutehrn NV, and central (mountainous) portions of CO and NM (Donald Farrar, Iowa State University, unpublished ms.).
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Sparsely vegetated erosional slopes and rocky stream terraces.
Legend: View Online Publication Do you know of a citation we're missing? Farrar, Donald. 2011. Moonwort (Botrychium) Systematics. Ada Hayden Herbarium. Iowa State University. Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.