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Artemisia norvegica Fries
mountain sagewort
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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SUBTAXA PRESENT IN BC
Artemisia norvegica ssp. saxatilis

Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb from a short, branched stem-base; stems erect, solitary or sometimes several, glabrous to sparsely or densely hairy with short runners and sterile rosettes, 20-60 cm tall
Leaves:
Basal leaves stalked, pinnately dissected, the ultimate segments linear, glabrous to loosely and densely long-hairy; stem leaves few, unstalked and progressively reduced upwards.
Fruits:
Achenes glabrous.
Notes:
Our subspecies is scarcely distinguishable from the Eurasian ssp. norvegica, which I have examined. The use of the epithet A. arctica, for this taxon, is unwarranted (Douglas et al. 1989, Douglas 1995).

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic meadows, rocky slopes, shrubby thickets and open forests in the montane to alpine zones; common in BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, rare in coastal BC; N to AK, YT and NT, S to CO and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Artemisia norvegica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 20 1785 2430
Slope Gradient (%) 0 26 300
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 186 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
1013
Modal BEC Zone Class
ESSF
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(104), BAFA(231), BG(1), BWBS(7), CMA(10), CWH(2), ESSF(378), IDF(3), IMA(79), MH(18), MS(18), SBPS(2), SWB(151)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Artemisia arctica subsp. saxicola (Rydb.) Hultén
Artemisia norvegica subsp. saxatilis (Besser) H.M. Hall & Clem.
Artemisia norvegica var. piceetorum S.L. Welsh & Goodrich
Artemisia norvegica var. saxatilis (Besser) Jeps.

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