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White Plectritis - Plectritis macrocera

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4

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General Description
Annual herbs to 60 cm tall, often glandular-hairy above. Leaves short-petiolate becoming sessile above; leaf blades 1-6 cm long, 4-25(-40) mm wide, obovate to oblong or linear. Flowers in capitate or interrupted spicate clusters. Calyx obsolete; corolla bilabiate, 2-5 mm long, 5-lobed, funnelform, spurred at base; stamens 3; stigma usually bilobed. Achene 2-3 mm long, yellowish with broad wings, glabrous or puberulent (adapted from: Welsh et al. 1993, A Utah Flora, 2nd ed.).

Species Range
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Range Comments
BC to MT south to CA, NV and UT (Kartesz in prep. 2012).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 15

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

Sagebrush to coniferous communities.

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 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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