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Bird's-foot Sagebrush - Artemisia pedatifida

Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 6

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A dominant species on clayey soils across thousands of acres in Carbon county.
General Description
Subshrub 3–10 cm, forming mats of short, sterile shoots. Herbage canescent to tomentose. Leaves petiolate; blades 4–10 mm long, 1 to 2 times ternately divided into linear lobes. Inflorescence spiciform or narrowly racemose; bracts mostly lobed. Involucre globose, 2–3 mm high; phyllaries green, tomentose; receptacle glabrous. Disk flowers 8 to 15, female and male; corolla 2–3 mm long, yellow, glandular. Achenes glabrous, ca. 1 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
ID, MT, WY and CO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 93

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

Sandy or clayey, open soil of open slopes and flats in the valley zone.

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Harvey, S.J. 1990. Responses of steppe plants to gradients of water soil texture and disturbance in Montana, U.S.A. Ph.D. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 34 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.
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