Paxistima myrsinites

(Mountain Lover)

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Paxistima myrsinites, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5422

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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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Colorado Status:
Native

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