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Common Blue-mustard - Chorispora tenella
Other Names:  Crossflower, Purple Mustard, Musk Mustard, Blue Mustard

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 0


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General Description
Stems 7–50 cm, often branched. Leaves petiolate; the blade oblong to lanceolate, sinuate-dentate, 3–8 cm long. Vestiture of simple, glandular and eglandular hairs. Inflorescence a raceme with leaf-like bracts below. Flowers blue to lavender; petals 9–12 mm long, clawed with a spreading blade. Fruit a curved silique 2–4 cm × ca. 2 mm; beak 10–15 mm long; pedicels stout, spreading, 2–4 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions

Non-native
 


Range Comments
Introduced to much of temperate western North America; native to Eurasia (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 137

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Habitat
Sparsely vegetated, often saline soil of fields, disturbed grasslands, steppe; plains, valleys (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Predicted Suitable Habitat Model

This species has a Predicted Suitable Habitat Model available.

To learn how these Models were created see mtnhp.org/models

Management

References
  • 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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    • King, L.A. 1980. Effects of topsoiling and other reclamation practices on nonseeded species establishment on surface mined land at Colstrip, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 129 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.
    • Sater, S. 2022. The insects of Sevenmile Creek, a pictorial guide to their diversity and ecology. Undergraduate Thesis. Helena, MT: Carroll College. 242 p.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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