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Montana Native Plant Society, Kelsey Chapter

Kelseya uniflora in bloom
 Kelseya uniflora, the mascot plant of the Montana Native Plant Society, is named for its discoverer, Francis Kelsey, namesake of the Kelsey Chapter. (Peter Lesica photo)

 The Kelsey Chapter serves native plant enthusiasts in the greater Helena area.

 Bob Person, can help with contacts and organization

 

Interested in Native Plant Landscaping in our area? Click here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programs and Activities:

Kelseya uniflora Field Trip – Trout Creek Canyon Trip Report For several years, we had hoped to conduct a field trip to see the Kelseya uniflora in full bloom, but the uncertainty of spring weather has foiled our attempts. This year, we succeeded. Six Kelsey Chapter members journeyed out to see the spring bloom in as mild spring snowstorm. Our species list, according to the Lesica rule (only blooming plants counted) was 1, Kelseya uniflora. It was a fun afternoon outing. Be sure to look below for more chapter activities coming up.

These three pictures show the plants in bud or just beginning to bloom on April 6.

Kelseya uniflora flower buds Kelseya uniflora early blooms Kelseya uniflora early blooms

Here are pictures from our trip on April 9:

Kelseya in snowKelseya full bloomKelseya full bloom close up

Kelseya seekers in snowChapter members on Kelseya Hike in snow

 

  

Wednesday May 24Celebrating Wildflowers.  For 16 years the Montana Native Plant Society, Kelsey Chapter has worked with the National Forest and the Montana Discovery Foundation to offer a wildflower walk for 4th graders on a designated route on Mount Helena. This year, students from Radley School in the Helena Valley participated on May 23 with different classes coming to Mount Helena in the morning and afternoon. Kathy Martin of the Kelsey Chapter has been the Chapter's main liaison with the Forest Service and Discovery Foundation to plan this annual event which fulfills the Montana Native Plant Society education goal.

Helena area students studying wildflowers on Mount Helena
Here students study alpine bladderpod growing along a trail on Mount Helena

                 

 Chapter Projects

The Flora of Mount Helena  The Flora of Mount Helena database includes most of the nearly 300 vascular plant species found on Mount Helena. The database is maintained by the Lewis and Clark Library and updated by the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. [Sorry - this link is broken - have requested library help - stand by Click here to access the database online.]

The Flora of Mount Helena permanent specimen collection is housed in the Montana section at the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena. The collection is arranged alphabetically by scientific name. Nomenclature follows Dorn 1984. An index is provided that allows cross-referencing by common name and common family name. Click here for a pdf file of the species list.

The Flora of Mount Helena collection is a joint project of the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society and the Lewis and Clark Library. The Kelsey Chapter formally donated the specimen collection to the Lewis and Clark Library in 1999.

For more information about the collection or to make suggestions, call the Montana Native Plant Society at 406-449-6586.  

 

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