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Shadscale - Atriplex confertifolia


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Dioecious shrubs 40–80 cm tall with scurfy foliage. Stems rigid, spiny, intricately branched. Leaf blades ovate to orbiculate, 5–20 mm long with entire margins. Inflorescence axillary glomerules or dense spike-like panicles. Male flowers 4- to 5-parted. Female flowers lacking a calyx; pistillate bracts united <1/2-way. Mature pistillate bracts ovate to elliptic, 5–13 mm long with entire margins above (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Widely distributed across eastern two-thirds of MT; OR to ND south to CA, AZ, and TX (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 64

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Habitat
Fine-textured, saline soils of stream terraces, badlands; often with sagebrush or greasewood; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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