Purshia tridentata

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Scientific Name Purshia tridentata USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Antelope Bitterbrush, Buckbrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Rosaceae (Rose) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert to montane; 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.
References: Descr. adapted from "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com and www.wildflower.org.
Colorado Status

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