Cercocarpus montanus

(Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany)

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Cercocarpus montanus, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9856

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Cercocarpus montanus, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9859

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Cercocarpus montanus, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9847

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Cercocarpus montanus, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9849

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Cercocarpus montanus, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9852

Scientific Name Cercocarpus montanus USDA PLANTS Symbol CEMO2
Common Name Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany, Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 25136
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (4000 to 9500 ft.); dry areas along washes and on hillsides often among conifers.
Plant: Perennial shrub or (rarely) small tree 6 to 16 feet tall; bark is smooth gray to reddish.
Leaves: Deciduous, alternate, ovate to rhombic, 3/8 to 2 inches long on short petioles; margins serrate above the middle; young leaf surfaces with a few hairs becoming smooth; upper surface is dark green, paler beneath.
Inflorescence: Blossoms are solitary or in clusters of 2 to 3 in leaf axils; each has 5 cream to pinkish sepals and no petals; floral tube is flared with 20 or more protruding stamens and 1 pistil; feathery styles extend up to 4 inches long at maturity.
Bloom Period: May and June.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet
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Colorado Status:
Native

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