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Sticky-leaf Rabbitbrush - Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus ssp. viscidiflorus

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Native Species

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Shrubs. Stems spreading to erect, 10–50 cm, glabrous to puberulent; twigs brittle, white; bark gray. Leaves alternate, entire, linear, usually somewhat twisted, glabrous to puberulent, resinous, 1–4 cm long with 3 to 5 veins. Inflorescence tight-corymbiform with several heads on short peduncles. Heads discoid; involucres obconic, 4–9 mm high; phyllaries imbricate in 3 to 5 series, narrowly lanceolate, white to greenish; receptacle convex, glabrous. Disk flowers 4 to 8, perfect, yellow; corolla 4–7 mm long, tube shorter than throat; style branches linear. Pappus barbellate, capillary bristles. Achenes obconic, 2–4 mm long, 5-angled, pubescent (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Montana also has subspecies lanceolatus (Nutt.) H.M.Hall & Clem.

Range Comments
BC, MT south to CA, AZ, NM and NE (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 4

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The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus bifarius, Bombus centralis, Bombus fervidus, Bombus flavifrons, Bombus huntii, Bombus rufocinctus, Bombus sylvicola, Bombus ternarius, Bombus occidentalis, Bombus griseocollis, Bombus insularis, Bombus suckleyi, Bombus flavidus, and Bombus kirbiellus (Thorp et al. 1983, Koch et al. 2012, Williams et al. 2014).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Koch, J., J. Strange, and P. Williams. 2012. Bumble bees of the western United States. Washington, DC: USDA Forest Service, Pollinator Partnership. 143 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Thorp, R.W., D.S. Horning, and L.L. Dunning. 1983. Bumble bees and cuckoo bumble bees of California (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 23:1-79.
    • Williams, P., R. Thorp, L. Richardson, and S. Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 208 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • 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.
    • Lonner, T.N. 1972. Age distributions and some age relationships of key browse plants on big game ranges in Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 79 p.
    • Winkler, G.L. 1987. Montana Chrysothamnus. M.S. thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman 94 pp.
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