Paxistima myrsinites

(Mountain Lover)


Paxistima myrsinites, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5422


Paxistima myrsinites, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5438

Scientific Name Paxistima myrsinites USDA PLANTS Symbol PAMY
Common Name Mountain Lover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 504149
Family Celastraceae (Staff-tree) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5800 to 11000 ft.); spruce-fir forests.
Plant: Under-story, spreading bush; dense branches, 8 to 40 inches long.
Leaves: Opposite, smooth, leathery, evergreen, dark green blades, oblanceolate to elliptic or ovate, from 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long, with minutely serrate margins.
Inflorescence: Very tiny pinkish red flowers less than 1/8 inch across, 4 petals and sepals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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