Montana Native Plant Society, Kelsey Chapter
| 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.
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Programs and Activities:
Saturday, July 15, 2017 Seeking out Orchids Hike. There are four species of orchids in the Sun River drainage. Through driving and hiking, our group will find as many as we can. The species we are likely to see are: giant helleborine (Epipactis gigantea), Small Yellow Lady’s-slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum), Sparrow’s-egg Lady’s-slipper (C. passerinum), and round-leaved orchis (Amerorchis rotundifolia). Our group will head to the Wagner Basin Research Natural Area to first find the Epipactis, then we will have a few options to see other species. There will be some orchid populations very close to the main road, and some populations (Epipactis) will include some off-trail hiking of approximately a mile. Meet: 8:30 am at the USFS Supervisors Office (2880 Skyway Dr, Helena MT) across the street from the airport in Helena. We will be driving up along the scenic Rocky Mountain Front and the drive time will be approximately 1.5+ hours, so carpooling is encouraged as much as possible. Please bring a lunch and water; coolers will be available. There is no size limit. Please let us know that you are coming by Wednesday July 12th. Contact: Justina Dumont, (406) 495-3756, email@example.com or Andrea Pipp, 406-444-3019 (office), firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Here are pictures from our trip on April 9:
Wednesday May 24 – Celebrating 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.
|Here students study alpine bladderpod growing along a trail on Mount Helena|
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. 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.