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New Jersey Tea - Ceanothus herbaceus

Potential Species of Concern

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SH
* (see State Rank Reason below)

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Known from one 1948 specimen collection with imprecise location data in Powder River County that noted a "few" plants. Subsequent surveys have not been able to relocate this species.

 
General Description
New Jersey Tea is a highly branched shrub with stems up to 1 m high. The alternate, lance-shaped to narrowly elliptic leaves are 2-6 cm long and have serrated edges; they are glabrous on top but hairy beneath. Numerous white flowers are born in congested, rounded inflorescences that terminate the growing branches. Each flower is ca. 2-3 mm high with 5 calyx lobes and 5 petals that have a linear basal portion and a hood-shaped blade. There are 5 stamens and a 3-lobed ovary. The fruit is a glossy, brown, 3-lobed, globose capsule that is 3-5 mm wide.

Phenology
Flowering in June.

Species Range
Unknown/Undetermined
 


Range Comments
Eastern and central N. America, west to MT, WY; collected in Powder River County 60 years ago (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 1

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Habitat
Open pine forests of hills and plains.

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