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Powell's Saltbush - Atriplex powellii

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Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S3S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 3

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Numerous collections at MONT from BigHorn, McCone, Fergus, Valley counties. Also known in Beaverhead Co.
General Description
Dioecious or monoecious annual with farinose foliage. Stems erect, branched, 10–40 cm. Leaf blades ovate with acute tips and entire margins, 1–3 cm long, 3-nerved from the base. Inflorescence axillary glomerules, female below male. Male flowers 4- to 5-parted. Female flowers lacking a calyx; pistillate bracts united to the tip. Mature pistillate bracts fiddle-shaped, 3–4 mm long with toothed margins and tuberculate faces below (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
In MT scattered across the eastern half; AB, SK east to SD; south to AZ, NM (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX; Welsh 2003 in Fl.N. Amer. Vol. 4).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 4

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Barren, fine-textured, often saline or alkaline soil of eroding slopes, badlands, salt flats, drying ponds; plains (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • 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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    • 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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