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Bristly Oxtongue - Helminthotheca echioides
Other Names:  Picris echioides

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 1

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Reported for Montana in Flora of North America.
General Description
Leaf blades 5–15(–25) × 1–5(–8+) cm. Peduncles 1–5+ cm, bristly hispid. Calyculi: bracts 9–15+ × 3–5+ mm, margins and tips bristly-ciliate. Phyllaries often sigmoid in fruit, abaxial faces and tips bristly. Fruit bodies 2.5–3 mm, beaks 2.5–5 mm; pappi 4–7 mm (Strother, 2006, Fl. North America, Vol. ).

Flowering May through November.

Range Comments
Sporadic in North America, most common in southern CA (Kartesz 2009).

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

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Bristly Oxtongue — Helminthotheca echioides.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from