|Scientific Name||Purshia tridentata||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PUTR2|
|Common Name||Antelope Bitterbrush, Buckbrush||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||25290|
Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert to montane (4700 to 9500 ft); dry, gravelly/sandy areas in open meadows and on hillsides.
Plant: Speading, semi-erect perennial bush about 3 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide at altitude; widely-branched, tangled grey stems.
Leaves: Clustered, wedge-shaped with three lobes, less than 1 inch overall; dark green upper surface, densely hairy beneath.
Inflorescence: Solitary short-lived flowers at the ends of short branchlets; clustered on outer branches; 5 creamy-yellow petals, 5 stamens, about 1/2 inch across or less.
Bloom Period: April to July.
References: "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
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