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Branched Pepper-grass - Lepidium ramosissimum

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Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
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General Description
Annual or biennial. Stems erect, 7–50 cm, copiously branched. Basal leaves petiolate, oblanceolate, pinnatifid, withering early. Stem leaves 12–50 mm long, dentate, becoming linear and entire above. Vestiture of small simple hairs. Flowers white; petals ca. 1 mm long or lacking; stamens 2. Fruit narrowly elliptic, glabrous or sparsely short-hairy, 2.5–3 mm long, narrowly notched; style lacking; pedicels spreading, puberulent, 2–4 mm long. (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

In Montana we have varieties ramosissimum and bourgeauanum (Thell.) Rollins

Range Comments
AK to NL south to CA, UT 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: 8

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Habitat
Disturbed soil of grassland, steppe, roadsides; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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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    • Meier, G.A. 1997. The colonization of Montana roadsides by native and exotic plants. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 45 p.
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