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Sticky-leaf Rabbitbrush - Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Stems spreading to erect, 10–50 cm, glabrous to puberulent; twigs brittle, white; bark gray. Leaves alternate, entire, linear, usually somewhat twisted, glabrous to puberulent, resinous, 1–4 cm long with 3 to 5 veins. Inflorescence tight-corymbiform with several heads on short peduncles. Heads discoid; involucres obconic, 4–9 mm high; phyllaries imbricate in 3 to 5 series, narrowly lanceolate, white to greenish; receptacle convex, glabrous. Disk flowers 4 to 8, perfect, yellow; corolla 4–7 mm long, tube shorter than throat; style branches linear. Pappus barbellate, capillary bristles. Achenes obconic, 2–4 mm long, 5-angled, pubescent (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Lesica (2012) recognizes two subspecies, viscidiflora and lanceolatus (Nutt.) Hall & Clements.

Species Range

Range Comments
BC, MT south to CA, AZ, NM and NE (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 348

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Sticky-leaf Rabbitbrush — Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from