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Much-branded Birds-beak - Cordylanthus ramosus

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Annual. Stems erect, 8–20 cm, usually branched. Herbage puberulent. Leaves all cauline, alternate, 1–5 cm long, linear, entire or with a pair of linear lobes. Inflorescence: of 2 to 5 flowers, terminal, head-like, bracteate spikes; flower bracts of 2 kinds: outer leaf-like, linear; inner bracts green, as long as the calyx. Flowers: calyx 10–18 mm long, green, bract-like with short apical lobes; the calyx and opposing bract appearing to form a deeply divided bilabiate calyx; corolla 11–20 mm long, tubular, bilabiate, 2 lips ca. equal, nearly unlobed, galea whitish; lower lip purplish; stamens 4, anthers 2-celled. Capsule asymmetrical, 7–10 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Beaverhead and Madison counties. OR to MT, south to CA, NV, UT and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 6

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

Sagebrush grassland in the valley and foothill zones.

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 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.
    • South, P.R. 1957. Food habits and range use of the mule deer in the Scudder Creek area, Beaverhead County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 34 p.
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