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Budsage - Artemisia spinescens
Other Names:  Picrothamnus desertorum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3

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General Description
Dwarf shrub 5–15 cm. Stems profusely branched; dead branches often forming thorns. Herbage villous. Leaves petiolate; blades 4–10 mm long, 1 to 2 times divided into oblanceolate lobes. Inflorescence leafy-bracted, short-racemose on branch tips. Involucre globose, ca. 2 mm high; phyllaries few, green, villous; receptacle glabrous. Disk flowers 7 to 20, female and male ca. 1 mm long, yellow, villous. Achenes villous, ca. 1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Beaverhead and Carbon counties; OR to MT south to CA, AZ and NM (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 20

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Habitat
Generally occurs in sandy soil of alluvial plains; abundant only on soils developed from Chugwater sandstone.

References
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
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