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Sagebrush False dandelion - Nothocalais troximoides
Other Names:  Microseris troximoides

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4?

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Stems 5–25 cm. Herbage glabrate; leaves minutely ciliate. Leaves linear-lanceolate, often wavy-margined, 7–15 cm long. Involucre 15–24 mm high; phyllaries lanceolate,8 to 25, glabrous, purple-spotted. Ray flowers 13 to 90; ligules 10–20 mm long. Achenes 7–13 mm long; pappus of 10 to 30 awn-like scales (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC south to CA, NV, UT and WY (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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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
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