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Moth Mullein - Verbascum blattaria
Other Names:  White Moth Mullein

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Stems erect, simple or branched, 30–80 cm. Herbage glabrous below the inflorescence. Basal leaf blades oblanceolate, 4–15 cm long, shallowly pinnately lobed, crenate, usually pressed flat to the ground. Stem leaves reduced upward, lanceolate, serrate. Inflorescence a narrow, glandular-puberulent raceme. Flowers: calyx 5–7 mm long; corolla white, 15–30 mm across; anthers purple, villous. Capsule 5–10 mm long, glandular (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Non-native, introduced throughout most of North America.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 89

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Habitat
Disturbed, often stony soil of grasslands, streambanks, roadsides; plains, valleys (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Ecology
POLLINATORS
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus ternarius, and Bombus pensylvanicus (Colla and Dumesh 2010).

Management

References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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    • Cope, M.G. 1992. Distribution, habitat selection and survival of transplanted Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) in the Tobacco Valley, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 60 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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