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Mountain Big Sagebrush - Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana

Native Species

Global Rank: G5T4T5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 3

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General Description
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Diagnostic Characteristics
Subspecies vaseyana is usually less than 1 meter tall and has a flat crown. Its inflorescences arise mostly from the outer edges of the crown; the leaf lobes are of approximately equal length and less than 3 cm long, and the involucres are less than 4 mm long.

Species Range

Range Comments
BC and AB south to CA and east to NM (Kartesz 2009).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1308

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    • Bilbao, J.V. 2008. Predicting feeding site selection of mule deer on foothill and mountain rangelands. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 40 p.
    • Bray, R.O. 1990. The influence of selected Artemisia compounds on mule deer preference. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman MT: Montana State University. 68 p.
    • Fraas, W.W. 1992. Bitterbrush growth and reproductive character in relation to browsing in southwest Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 137 p.
    • Fuller, W.L. 1997. Elk management strategies for sustainable beef cattle enterprises. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montnaa State University. 92 p.
    • Grove, A.J. 1998. Effects of Douglas fir establishment in southwestern Montana mountain big sagebrush communities. M. Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 150 p.
    • Hoffman, T.L. 1996. An ecological investigation of mountain big sagebrush in the Gardiner Basin. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 84 p.
    • Husby, P.O. 1982. Effects of grazing on vegetation in the Artemisia tridentata-Festuca idahoensis habitat type. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 76 p.
    • Johnson, K. A. 2000. Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online}. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer).
    • 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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