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Slender Russian-thistle - Salsola collina

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1

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General Description
Stems 10–100 cm, branched. Leaves ca. 1 mm wide. Inflorescence not interrupted; bracts appressed, overlapping at maturity. Fruiting calyx 2–5 mm across without conspicuous wings (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
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Range Comments
In much of MT; native to Eurasia and now widespread in central North America but extending east sporadically to NY, NH and KY (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX; Mosyakin 2003 in Fl. N. Amer. Vol. 4).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 27

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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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    • Plantenberg, P.L. 1983. Factors affecting vegetation development on mined land at Colstrip, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 121 p.
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