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Halogeton - Halogeton glomeratus
Other Names:  Salt-lover, Aral Barilla

Non-native Species

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

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General Description
Annual herbs with glabrous, succulent foliage. Stems erect, 5–30 cm with spreading lower branches. Leaves sessile, terete, bristle-tipped, 6–15 mm long. Inflorescence of few-flowered, axillary glomerules. Flowers perfect or female, subtended by 2 to 5 fleshy bracts; calyx segments 5, distinct, 2 mm long; stamens 3 to 5. Fruit: perfect flowers forming utricles <1 mm long, black; utricles from female flowers 1–2 mm long, brown (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
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Range Comments
In MT from Carbon, Big Horn, and Dawson counties; native to Eurasia, from WA to MT south to CA, east to NM, CO and WY (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 77

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Sandy soil of steppe in arid valleys; tolerant of saline conditions (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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Dillard, S.L. 2019. Restoring semi-arid lands with microtopography. M.Sc. Thesis. Bpzeman, MT: Montana State University. 97 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.
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