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Black-tip Groundsel - Senecio lugens

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Plants from horizontal or inclined rhizomes. Stems erect, 7–40 cm. Herbage glabrate, sparsely arachnoid in leaf axils. Leaves basal and cauline; blades ovate to oblanceolate, 1–12 cm long, entire to minutely serrate, becoming linear-lanceolate and sessile above. Inflorescence corymbiform, of 3 to 12 heads. Heads radiate; involucres 6–9 mm high; phyllaries ca. 13, glabrous to sparsely arachnoid, conspicuously black-tipped. Rays 5 to 13; ligules 6–12 mm long. Disk corollas 6–8 mm long. Achenes 1–3 mm long, glabrous (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to NT south to WA and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 35

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • 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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