Botrychium minganense — Mingan moonwort
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New England distribution
Adapted from BONAP data
Non-native: introduced (intentionally or unintentionally); has become naturalized.
County documented: documented to exist in the county by evidence (herbarium specimen, photograph). Also covers those considered historical (not seen in 20 years).
State documented: documented to exist in the state, but not documented to a county within the state. Also covers those considered historical (not seen in 20 years).
Note: when native and non-native populations both exist in a county, only native status is shown on the map.
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Mingan moonwort has a wideespread but scattered distribution in northern and western North America. In New England it is found in Maine and Vermont forests, where it is extremely rare. The name derives from the place where this species was first discovered, the Mingan Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
- New England state
- Features of leaves
- there are no special features on the leaves
- New England state
- Specific habitat
New England distribution and conservation status
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
Exact status definitions can vary from state to state. For details, please check with your state.
- historical (S-rank: SH), endangered (code: E)
Native to North America?
Sometimes confused with
- Botrychium pallidum:
- plants pale glaucous-green to white-green in life, and the lower vegetative leaflets frequently cleft into 2 unequal lobes with the upper lobe larger (vs. B. minganense, with the plants green to yellow-green or blue-green in life, and the lower vegetative leaflets entire to crenate or lobed, when lobed, the lobes usually +/- equal).
- Botrychium lunaria:
- leaflets of vegetative portion overlapping to approximate, usually broad-flabellate, with the apical lobes often greatly reduced in size and of a different shape than the medial lobes, and medial 6-18 mm wide on well-formed plants (vs. B. minganense, with the leaflets of the vegetative portion remote, usually cuneate to narrow-flabellate or orbicular, with the apical lobes only slightly reduced and of relatively similar shape to the medial lobes, and medial lobes 1-9 mm wide).
- Botrychium lunaria (L.) Sw. var. minganense (Victorin) Dole
From the dichotomous key of Flora Novae Angliae
7. Botrychium minganense Victorin NC
Mingan moonwort. Botrychium lunaria (L.) Sw. var. minganense (Victorin) Dole • ME, VT. Forests.