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Nodding Microseris - Microseris nutans

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Perennial from a tuberous taproot. Stems erect, often branched above, 5–35 cm. Herbage glabrate with milky sap. Leaves basal and few cauline, linear, 2–20 cm long, entire or with pairs of remote, linear lobes. Heads ligulate, solitary on branch tips, nodding in bud; involucre campanulate, 10–18 mm high; phyllaries lanceolate in 2 unequal series; outer small; inner acuminate, black-villous, sometimes farinose; receptacle flat, naked. Ray flowers perfect, few to 75; ligules 7–15 mm long, yellow with purple veins. Pappus 15 to 30 scales, each with a plumose capillary bristle. Achenes fusiform, 3–8 mm long, 10- to 15-ribbed, glabrous (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
BC, AB south to CA, NV, UT and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 120

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Relative Density



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

Moist grasslands, meadows, sagebrush steppe, open forest; valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Johnson, T. W. 1982. An analysis of pack and saddle stock grazing areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 105 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martinka, R.R. 1970. Structural characteristics and ecological relationships of male blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus (Say)) territories in southwestern Montana. Ph.D Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 73 p.
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