Synonyms: Other names: American globeflower Nomenclature: laxus = slack, loose Nativity / Invasiveness: Montana native plant
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General: hairless perennial with strong fibrous roots. Stems 1 to several, 10-40 cm tall, usually clumped.
Leaves: the basal long-stalked, 4-8 cm wide, with broad membranous stipules, the blade palmately cleft or divided into (usually) 5 obovate, 3-lobed and toothed segments. Stem leaves alternate, usually 2-3, short-stalked below to usually stalkless above.
Flowers: white to cream-colored, single on stalks 2-15 cm long. Petals lacking, sepals 5-9, showy, ovate to obovate, 10-20 mm long. Stamens numerous, the outer shorter, modified to a ring of 5-15 sterile staminodia, which are oblong, 2-5 mm long.
Fruits: erect clusters of 10-20 follicles 8-11 mm long, with spreading tips, strongly nerved crosswise, sparsely to densely covered with tiny bumps, containing several seeds.
Montane swampland to alpine meadows or wet slopes, usually blossoming as the snow recedes, in w. and s.c. parts of MT. Also from B.C. to CO and e. to CT.
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