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Sticky-leaf Rabbitbrush - Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus ssp. lanceolatus

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Native Species

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
See species description.

Diagnostic Characteristics
Subspecies lanceolatus can be distinguished from the others by the following combination of characters: Stems greenish, hirtellous to puberulent; leaves green, 3- or 5-nerved, 2–6 mm wide, abaxial faces hirsute to hirtellous, adaxial usually glabrous (Urbatsch et al. 2003, Fl. North America, Vol. 20).

Range Comments
BC, WA and MT south to CA, AZ, NM; also Pennington County, SD (Kartesz 2009).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 5

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

Juniper and sagebrush savannas; 1200–2500 m (Urbatsch et al. 2003, Fl. North America, Vol. 20).

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.
    • 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.
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    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • 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.
    • Winkler, G.L. 1987. Montana Chrysothamnus. M.S. thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman 94 pp.
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