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Bird's-foot Sagebrush - Artemisia pedatifida

Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
A dominant species on clayey soils across thousands of acres in Carbon county.
General Description
Subshrub 3–10 cm, forming mats of short, sterile shoots. Herbage canescent to tomentose. Leaves petiolate; blades 4–10 mm long, 1 to 2 times ternately divided into linear lobes. Inflorescence spiciform or narrowly racemose; bracts mostly lobed. Involucre globose, 2–3 mm high; phyllaries green, tomentose; receptacle glabrous. Disk flowers 8 to 15, female and male; corolla 2–3 mm long, yellow, glandular. Achenes glabrous, ca. 1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
ID, MT, WY and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 71

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Relative Density



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

Sandy or clayey, open soil of open slopes and flats in the valley zone.

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Citation for data on this website:
Bird's-foot Sagebrush — Artemisia pedatifida.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from