American Cranberrybush - Viburnum opulus
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Viburnum opulis has been documented at 11 locations in western Montana. It was first documented along a manmade ditch in 1973. Since then it has been found in natural areas or along rivers all within city limits, and in Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. Several herbarium specimens state that the plant may have been dispersed from birds and/or sourced by nearby gardens. Therefore Viburnum opulus is considered to be introduced in Montana and is ranked as SNA because a conservation status rank is not applicable for exotic species.
Stems spreading to erect, branched, 1–3 m; twigs green-brown, glabrous. Leaves stipulate; blades ovate, 3-lobed above, dentate or lobed again, 4–10 cm long, hirsute beneath; lobes acuminate. Inflorescence 6–10 cm across. Flowers corolla subrotate, 2–3 mm long; outermost ring of flowers rotate, sterile, 1–2 cm across. Drupe red, 10–15 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
BC to NL south to WA, MT, SD, IL and PA; Europe (Lesica et al. 2012). It is presumed to have escaped from cultivation in MT.
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In riparian forests and along rivers and ditches within areas of anthropogenic influence. Valleys.
It is likely spread by birds.
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- 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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- Little, E.L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees (native and naturalized). Agriculture Handbook No. 541. U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 375 pp.