Species Details

Botrychium montanum

western goblin

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Photo of Botrychium montanum
©2012 Belinda Lo
Photo of Botrychium montanum
©2020 Belinda Lo
Photo of Botrychium montanum
©2019 Belinda Lo
Scientific Name:
Botrychium montanum W. Wagner
Common Name:
western goblin
Family: Ophioglossaceae
Element Code: PPOPH010K0
USDA Plants Symbol: BOMO
Synonyms/Other Names:
CA Rare Plant Rank: 2B.1
Fed List: None
State List: None
Global Rank: G3G4
State Rank:
Other Status: USFS_S
CRPR Changes:
changed from 2.1 to 2B.1 on 2013-06-12
Add Date: 1994-01-01
Date Edited: 2022-08-02
Lifeform: perennial rhizomatous herb
Blooming Period: Jul-Sep
1465 - 2180 meters
4805 - 7155 feet
General Habitat:
  • Lower montane coniferous forest
  • Meadows and seeps
  • Upper montane coniferous forest
General Micro Habitat:
Micro Habitat:
  • Mesic
Potentially threatened by vehicles, road deconstruction, and logging. Possibly threatened by habitat loss, grazing, trampling, foot traffic, and hydrological alterations. Endangered in OR. See American Fern Journal 71(1):29 (1981) for original description, and MadroƱo 36(2):131-136 (1989) for first CA records.
Total Occurrences: 69
Element Occurrence Ranks:
6 17 13 4 1 28
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 4
Recent <=20 Years 65
Presumed Extant 68
Possibly Extirpated 0
Presumed Extirpated 1
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
Alaska (AK), California (CA), Idaho (ID), Montana (MT), Oregon (OR), Washington (WA)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
Amador (AMA), Butte (BUT), El Dorado (ELD), Fresno (FRE), Lassen (LAS), Madera (MAD), Modoc (MOD), Plumas (PLU), Shasta (SHA), Sierra (SIE), Siskiyou (SIS), Tehama (TEH), Trinity (TRI), Tuolumne (TUO)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
Antelope Mtn. (4012058), Bear River Reservoir (3812052), Belden (4012113), Boards Crossing (3812032), Davis Creek (4112063), Fredonyer Pass (4012037), Graniteville (3912046), Grays Peak (4012146), Homewood (3912012), Humboldt Peak (4012124), Jonesville (4012114), Kaiser Peak (3711932), Kimshew Point (3912184), Kyburz (3812073), La Porte (3912068), Lassen Peak (4012145), Leek Spring Hill (3812063), Little Shuteye Peak (3711944), Loon Lake (3812083), Meeks Bay (3912011), Miller Mtn. (4012167), Mineral (4012135), Mt. Harkness (4012143), Mt. Henry (3711827), Mumbo Basin (4112225), Pegleg Mtn. (4012048), Red Cinder (4012142), Roop Mountain (4012047), Sattley (3912054), Swain Mountain (4012141), Tragedy Spring (3812062), Viola (4012156), West Haight Mtn. (4112251), Westwood West (4012131)
Definitions of codes following a county and/or quad:
* Presumed extirpated
(?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
Quad and county data is imported from the CNDDB. Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable. These data should NOT be substituted for pre-project review or for on-site surveys.


Presumed Extant
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