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Western Fragrant Goldenrod - Euthamia occidentalis
Other Names:  Solidago occidentalis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Rhizomatous, perennial herbs. Herbage glabrous, glandular-punctate. Stems erect, simple, 50–150 cm. Leaves 3–10 cm long, cauline, alternate, simple, linear-lanceolate, entire, sessile, minutely ciliate. Inflorescence of numerous heads in small glomerules in leafy-coymbiform arrays. Heads radiate; involucres 3–5 mm high, obconic to campanulate, glutinous; phyllaries lanceolate, often green-tipped, imbricate in 3 to 5 series, pale, 1-veined; receptacle flat, naked. Ray flowers few to several, female, yellow; ligules ca. 20, 1–2 mm long. Disk flowers ca. 9 to 15, perfect, yellow; corolla 3–5 mm long, tubes shorter than throats; style appendages lanceolate. Achenes subcylindric with 2 to 4 ribs, strigose, ca. 1 mm long; pappus of capillary bristles (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC 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: 24

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Relative Density



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

Moist to wet meadows, often on stream terraces, around wetlands; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Fogelsong, M.L. 1974. Effects of fluorides on Peromyscus maniculatus in Glacier National Park. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 52 p.
    • 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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