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Common Bugloss - Anchusa officinalis
Other Names:  Alkanet

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial. Stems erect, simple or branched, 30–100 cm. Leaves: the basal oblanceolate, short-petiolate, becoming sessile above, 3–20 cm long. Flowers: bracts leaf-like; calyx 4–6 mm long, divided to mid-length; corolla tube 6–8 mm long, lobes 3–6 mm long. Nutlets 3–4 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced to North America.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 26

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Roadsides, fields; valleys; collected in Flathead County (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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  • 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.
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