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Meadow Goat's-beard - Tragopogon pratensis
Other Names:  Showy Goat's Beard, Meadow Salsify, Tragopogon lamottei

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Stems 15–100 cm. Cauline leaves 2–25 cm long, recurved at the tip. Involucre 15–20 mm high, to 35 mm in fruit; peduncle much narrower than the involucre. Rays yellow, ca. 15 mm long; the outer longer than the phyllaries. Achene 15–20 mm long including the beak (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Non-native; widespread.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 41

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Anderson, N.L. 1951. Field studies on the biology of range grasshoppers of southeastern Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 96 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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