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Silver Sagebrush - Artemisia cana ssp. viscidula

Native Species

Global Rank: G5T4?
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
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Diagnostic Characteristics
The leaf blades of subspecies viscidula are dark green, often lobed near the apex, usually less than 2 mm wide, and less hairy than subsp. cana. The subspecies also is more common west of the Continental Divide, but this does not hold consistently in MT, where it is found as far east as Yellowstone County (Shultz, 2006, in Flora N. America, Vol. 19; Kartesz 2009).

Range Comments
OR to MT, south to NV, AZ, NM, and possibly into OK (Kartesz 2009).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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  • 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.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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