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Common Nipplewort - Lapsana communis

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Fibrous-rooted annual. Stems ascending to erect, often branched above, 10–30 cm. Herbage villous to hirsute, stipitate-glandular. Leaves basal and cauline, alternate, winged-petiolate; blades oblanceolate to ovate, dentate; basal sometimes runcinately lobed, 5–10 cm long. Inflorescence open-paniculate. Heads ligulate; involucres narrowly campanulate, 5–7 mm high; phyllaries 8 to 10 in 1 series, linear-oblanceolate, subequal, glabrous; receptacle flat, naked. Ray flowers 8 to 15, perfect; ligules whitish, 3–5 mm long, green-tipped. Pappus absent. Achenes fusiform, glabrous, many-ribbed, 3–5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Collected in Missoula County. Introduced to much of temperate North America, more common in humid areas; native to Eurasia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 5

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Citation for data on this website:
Common Nipplewort — Lapsana communis.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from