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Alkali Sagebrush - Artemisia arbuscula ssp. longiloba
Other Names:  Artemisia longiloba

Status Under Review

Global Rank: G5T4
State Rank: SU

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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General Description
Shrub 10–40 cm high; stems flexuous and often spreading. Herbage tomentose, sometimes with obscure resin dots beneath tomentum. Leaves cuneate, 5–25 mm long, 3-lobed distally, apex of lobes rounded. 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 (adapted from Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX; and Shultz, 2006, Fl. North America, Vol. 19).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Shultz (2006) separates this subspecies from the typical subspecies by its more broadly cuneate leaves, the apices of which are rounde. The middle lobes typically overlap the lateral lobes. Involucres are 2–3 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide.

Species Range

Range Comments
In Montana this subspecies currently is known only from Beaverhead and Madison counties. Elsewhere it occurs from OR and ID to northeastern CA, NV, UT, WY and CO (Kartesz 2009).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 19

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

Clay soils of alkaline basins and valleys, occasionally on outwash plains of mountains; 1500–2500 m (Shultz, 2006, Fl. North America, Vol. 19).

  • 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.
    • eFloras. 2017. Flora of North America. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • 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.
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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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