The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
CPC National Office
The conservation of Eriogonum visheri is fully sponsored.
Jim Locklear contributed to this Plant Profile.
The gullied ridges and eroded hills of South Dakota's Badlands National Park have the character of a moonscape. Almost no plant life can be found on these barren slopes, except the Dakota wild buckwheat, a wiry, inconspicuous little plant that makes a home in the badlands of North and South Dakota and adjacent Montana. An annual that completes its life cycle in one year, the Dakota wild buckwheat can occupy the constantly eroding badland habitat that otherwise provides unstable footing for longer-lived plants.
Distribution & Occurrence
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Barren shale and clay outcrops of badlands, eroded hillsides, slopes of bluffs, and outwash fans at the base of slopes. Gravelly, clayey soils. Soils have high shrink-swell potential, are strongly calcareous and high in sodium, all of which may limit competition and succession. Typical habitat is at least 50% bare soil. Surrounding vegetation is mixed grass prairie. Elevation 1900-3100 ft.
| Montana: one occurrence (Montana Natural Heritage Program 2002).
North Dakota: 14 populations (NatureServe 2001).
South Dakota: 79 populations (NatureServe 2001).
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Longevity of seed in soil.
McGregor, R.L. 1986. Flora of the Great Plains. Lawrence: Univ. Press Kansas. 1392 ppp.
Service, USDA Forest. 1988. Range Plant Handbook. New York, NY.: Dover Publications, Inc.