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False Huckleberry - Menziesia ferruginea


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Deciduous, acutely branched shrub. Stems erect-ascending, sparingly branched, to 200 cm; floral buds terminal, globose, larger than the lateral, ovoid foliage buds which are closely crowded beneath. Leaves alternate, petiolate, thin, to ca, 5 cm long with a musky odor; blades elliptic to obovate, bluish-green, dull, glandular, entire; apex obtuse, midnerve apex a tiny white tooth. Inflorescence a crowded, umbel-like raceme of 5 to 10 flowers borne from the distal floral bud of last year’s stem, pedicels to 2 cm long. Flowers hypogynous, 4-merous; calyx nearly obsolete, shallowly lobed, glandular-ciliate; corolla cylindric-urn-shaped, to 5 mm long, shallowly lobed, coppery-pink; stamens 8; ovary superior. Fruit an ovoid, 4-chambered capsule (Stickney in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety glabella (A.Gray) M.Peck.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
BC to AB south to CA, ID and WY (Stickney in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 197

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Habitat
Cool, moist, upland slopes in coniferous forests, often forming dense thickets on north slopes; valleys to subalpine (Stickney in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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