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Cow-parsnip - Heracleum lanatum
Other Names:  Heracleum maximum, Heracleum sphondylium

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
C-value: 5


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General Description
Robust perennial with a stout taproot. Stems erect, hollow, 1–2 m. Herbage pubescent on veins and stems. Leaves basal and cauline, divided into 3 cordate leaflets; each 10–30 cm long, serrate and 3- to 7-lobed; petioles dilated basally. Umbels compound, glandular-villous, 10–20 cm across; rays 2–10 cm long; involucral and involucel bracts linear, 3–10 mm long. Flowers white; sepals minute; petals ca. 2 mm long; outer petals of outer flowers in each umbellet larger, lobed; stylopodium conical. Mericarps glabrous, obcordate to obovate, 7–12 mm long, strongly compressed parallel to the commissure; marginal wings 0.5–1 mm long; dorsal ribs raised; oil tubes solitary in the intervals, visible as dark lines reaching halfway to the base (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range

Year-round
 


Range Comments
AK to NL south to CA, AZ, OH and GA (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 769

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Habitat
Moist soil of avalanche slopes, thickets, open forest, woodlands, often along streams; valleys to subalpine (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Ecology
POLLINATORS
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus mixtus, Bombus rufocinctus, and Bombus occidentalis (Thorp et al. 1983, Colla and Dumesh 2010, Pyke et al. 2012).

References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Pyke, G.H., D.W. Inouye, and J.D. Thomson. 2012. Local geographic distributions of bumble bees near Crested Butte, Colorado: competition and community structure revisited. Environmental Entomology 41(6): 1332-1349.
    • 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.
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    • Eversman, S.T. 1968. A comparison of plant communities and substrates of avalanche and non-avalanche areas in south central Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 39 pp.
    • Fultz, J.E. 2005. Effects of shelterwood management on flower-visiting insects and their floral resources. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 163 p.
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    • Stivers, T.S. 1988. Effects of livestock grazing on grizzly bear habitat along the east front of the Rocky Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 80 p.
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