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Dwarf Sagebrush - Artemisia arbuscula

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Shrub 10–40 cm high. Herbage tomentose, sometimes with obscure resin dots beneath tomentum. Leaves cuneate, 5–25 mm long, 3-lobed distally. Inflorescence spiciform; bracts linear. Involucre campanulate, 3–5 mm high; phyllaries green, tomentose; receptacle glabrous. Disk flowers perfect, 4 to 8, glabrous or glandular; corolla ca. 2 mm long. Achenes resinous, <1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

In Montana we have subspecies arbuscula and longiloba (Osterh.) L.M.Shultz

Species Range

Range Comments
WA to MT south to CA, NV, UT and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 35

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  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Boyle, S. A. and D. R. Reeder. 2005. Colorado sagebrush: a conservation assessment and strategy. Grand Junction: Colorado Division of Wildlife.
    • Dumroese, R.K., T. Luna, B.A. Richardson, F.F. Kilkenny, and J.B. Runyon. 2015. Conserving and restoring habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse and other sagebrush-obligate wildlife: the crucial link of forbs and sagebrush diversity. Native Plants Journal 16(3):277–299.
    • eFloras. 2017. Flora of North America. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • Johnson, Charles Grier, Jr. 1993. Common plants of the Inland Pacific Northwest. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.
    • Kartesz, J.T. 2015. The Biota of North America Program (BONAP) North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C. [maps generated from Kartesz, J.T. 2015. Floristic Synthesis of North America, Version 1.0. Biota of North America Program (BONAP). (in press)].
    • Lavin, M. Plant Diversity Flickr Site.
    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Meyer, S.E. 2008. Artemisia L. in Bonner, F.T. and R.P. Karrfalt. The Woody Plant Seed Manual. Agric. Handbook No. 727. Washington, DC: USDA, Forest Service. 1223 p.
    • Rosentreter, R. 2005. Sage identification, ecology and palatability relative to sage grouse. In: Shaw NL, Pellant M, Monsen SB, compilers. Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Symposium Proceedings. Fort Collins (CO): USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Proceedings RMRS-P-38. p 1–15.
    • Steinberg, Peter D. 2002. Artemisia arbuscula. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer).
    • Tilley, D. and L. St. John. 2012. Plant Guide for low sagebrush (Artemisia arbuscula). Aberdeen, Idaho: USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Aberdeen PlantMaterials Center.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Zamora, B., and P. T. Tueller. 1973. Artemisia arbuscula, A. longiloba, and A. nova habitat types in northern Nevada. Great Basin Naturalist 33(4):225-242.
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