State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Though likely native to Montana, this species occurs in disturbed sites and is generally "weedy".
Monoecious. Stems erect, 10–75 cm with glabrous to pubescent foliage, branched at the base, becoming a tumbleweed. Leaf blade 1–3 cm long, longer than the petiole, obovate with a minute spine tip. Inflorescences axillary glomerules; bracts lanceolate and long attenuate, spine-tipped, 2–3 mm long. Flowers: sepals 3, narrowly lanceolate, acute, 1–2 mm long; stamens 3. Utricle 1–2 mm, as long or longer than sepals; seed <1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Cultivated fields, disturbed pastures, roadsides, streambanks; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)