Thalictrum sparsiflorum

Turczaninow ex Fischer & C. A. Meyer

Index Sem. Hort. Petrop. 1: 40. 1835

Common names: Mountain meadow-rue few-flowered meadow-rue
Selected by author to be illustrated
Synonyms: Thalictrum sparsiflorum subsp. richardsonii (A. Gray) Cody Thalictrum sparsiflorum var. nevadense B. Boivin Thalictrum sparsiflorum var. richardsonii (A. Gray) B. Boivin Thalictrum sparsiflorum var. saximontanum B. Boivin
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.
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Illustrator: John Myers
Stems erect, leafy, slender, (20-)30-100(-120) cm, glabrous. Leaves mostly cauline, proximal leaves petiolate, distalmost sessile. Leaf blade (2-)3-ternate; leaflets obovate to orbiculate or cordate, usually 3-cleft and divisions 3-lobed, thin, 10-20 mm, surfaces abaxially often glandular-puberulent. Inflorescences axillary, 1-few flowers, diffuse, leafy; bracts leaflike, large. Flowers: pedicels abruptly recurved in fruit; sepals whitish or greenish, often purplish tinged, elliptic, 2-3.5(-4) mm; stamens 12-20, whitish; filaments 3-4.5 mm; anthers 0.5-0.8 mm. Achenes (4-)6-12; stipe 0.3-1.5 mm; body obliquely obovate to half-rhombic, strongly compressed, (4-)5-6 × 3-4 mm, abaxial margin straight, glabrous or glandular-puberulent, faintly 3-4(-5)-veined; beak 1-1.5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–summer (Jun–Aug).
Habitat: Meadows, damp thickets, bogs, and coniferous, deciduous, and riparian woods
Elevation: 0-3000 m


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Alta., B.C., Man., N.W.T., Ont., Sask., Yukon, Alaska, Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Oreg., Utah, Wyo., ne Asia.


The Cheyenne the flowers and ground plants of Thalictrum sparsiflorum medicinally to make their horses "spirited, long-winded, and enduring" (D. E. Moerman 1986).



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

AuthorMarilyn M. Park + and Dennis Festerling Jr. +
AuthorityTurczaninow ex Fischer & C. A. Meyer +
Common nameMountain meadow-rue + and few-flowered meadow-rue +
DistributionAlta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, N.W.T. +, Ont. +, Sask. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Nev. +, Oreg. +, Utah +, Wyo. + and ne Asia. +
Elevation0-3000 m +
HabitatMeadows, damp thickets, bogs, and coniferous, deciduous, and riparian woods +
IllustratorJohn Myers +
PhenologyFlowering late spring–summer (Jun–Aug). +
Publication titleIndex Sem. Hort. Petrop. +
Publication year1835 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V3/V3 277.xml +
Special statusSelected by author to be illustrated +
SynonymsThalictrum sparsiflorum subsp. richardsonii +, Thalictrum sparsiflorum var. nevadense +, Thalictrum sparsiflorum var. richardsonii + and Thalictrum sparsiflorum var. saximontanum +
Taxon familyRanunculaceae +
Taxon nameThalictrum sparsiflorum +
Taxon parentThalictrum sect. Omalophysa +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 3 +