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Field Fluffweed - Filago arvensis
Other Names:  Logfia arvensis

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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General Description
Taprooted annual. Stems erect, mostly simple, 10–50 cm. Herbage white-wooly. Leaves alternate, linear-oblanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 1–2 cm long, entire. Inflorescence leafy, narrow-paniculate with heads in capitate clusters. Heads radiate but appearing discoid, pyriform, 3–5 mm high; true phyllaries minute; bracts of receptacle appearing like phyllaries, wooly-villous, linear-lanceolate; receptacle flat with scales enwrapping the flowers. Flowers slender; outer 2 to 4, female; inner 2–3 mm long, female or perfect, ca. 20. Pappus of inner flowers of capillary bristles; that of outer flowers absent. Achenes brown, cylindric, <1 mm long, glabrous (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Introduced BC to MB south to OR, ID, WY, NE, MI; native to Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 754

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

Disturbed areas of grasslands, fields, roadsides, cut-over forests; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).


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    • Cope, M.G. 1992. Distribution, habitat selection and survival of transplanted Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) in the Tobacco Valley, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 60 p.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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