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Short-fruited Whitlow-grass - Draba brachycarpa

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Non-native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
Annual from a simple caudex. Stems 5–15 cm, branched at the base. Basal leaves obovate, 10–15 mm long, entire. Stem leaves oblanceolate, sessile. Vestiture of dense, sessile, 2- to 4-branched hairs. Petals white, 1–3 mm long. Fruit spreading-ascending, 2–5 × 1–2 mm, glabrous to finely hairy; style up to 0.1 mm long; lower pedicels 3–6 mm long. Disturbed soil of grasslands, fields; valleys (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Collected once in MT by Francis Kelsey near Helena over 100 years ago. Native to eastern North America; introduced and sporadic in western North America (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 17

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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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Jorgensen, H.E. 1970. Ecological aspects of the life history of Agropyron smithii Rydb. in Central Montana, with related effects of selective herbicide treatments of rangeland. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 118 p.
    • Tschache, O.P. 1970. Effects of ecological changes induced by various sagebrush control techniques on small mammal populations. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 51 p.
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