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Common Burdock - Arctium minus
Other Names:  Lesser Burdock, Little Burdock

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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General Description
Stems erect, branched, 30–120 cm. Leaves with hollow petioles; blades 5–20 cm long, glandular, sparsely tomentose beneath, becoming glabrate. Inflorescence racemose, heads on peduncles 5–20 mm long. Involucre 15–30 mm wide, glabrate to loosely tomentose. Disk flowers ca. 30; corolla pink to purple, 7–12 mm long. Pappus 1–4 mm long. Achenes 4–6 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Widespread; from Eurasia.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 174

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Disturbed areas.


  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Cope, M.G. 1992. Distribution, habitat selection and survival of transplanted Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) in the Tobacco Valley, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 60 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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