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Longleaf Ground-cherry - Physalis longifolia

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU
(see State Rank Reason below)

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Though uncommon and apparently native to the state, the species tolerates and even prefers disturbed habitats such as roadsides. As a result, the species does not appear to a suitable target for further tracking or conservation efforts.
General Description
Stems ascending to erect, usually branched, 8–40 cm. Herbage glabrate to strigose. Leaves: blades lanceolate, entire to sinuate, 2–7 cm long; petioles 5–30 mm long. Flowers: pedicels 5–15 mm long, calyx tube 6–12 mm long, twice as long as the lobes, short-hairy on the veins and margins; corolla 10–15 mm long, limb 10–15 mm wide. Berry ca. 15 mm long, the swollen calyx 2–3 cm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
MT to ON south to AZ, UT, LA and VA (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 29

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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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    • King, L.A. 1980. Effects of topsoiling and other reclamation practices on nonseeded species establishment on surface mined land at Colstrip, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 129 p.
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