Plant - summer
Lynx Creek
Sue Smith
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Lynx Creek
Sue Smith
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Yeager Canyon
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Lynx Creek
Sue Smith
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Lynx Creek
Sue Smith
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Seven mile Gulch - Tr 354
Sue Smith
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Lynx Creek below Highlands Center
Sue Smith
Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Ceanothus greggii
General Description: Semi-evergreen. A spiny, low growing, upright shrub forming in thickets with a haze of fragrant white flowers in the summer.
Identification notes: Spiny plant with reddish-brown bark when mature; low stems are spreading to erect with soft hairs; leaves are evergreen, hairy (at least the undersides) and alternate; flowers opening from the center outward, terminal or axillary, 3 to 10 per cluster.
Height: 2-1/2 to 6 feet     Width: 3 to 6 feet (3 feet common)


Habitat

Habitat Description: Found on open ground, often among other trees.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 5000 - 10000 feet


Flowers

Color: White to light green   Shape: Regular in round clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Apr - Nov
Description: White to light green with 5 petals, in a terminal, pyramid-shaped cluster up to 1-1/2 inches long. Flower clusters terminal or axillary, 3 to 10 flowers per cluster. Flowers have 5 hooded, long clawed petals and 5 stamens.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Dark green, light green   Type: Simple   Shape: Round or oval   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Bottom of leaves
Description: Somewhat thick with a velvety surface; hairy and light green beneath, dark green above; palmately 3-veined.


Fruit

Color: Red to brown   Type: Capsule   Description: Shiny red to brown 3-lobed fruit to 3/16 inch in diameter.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Reddish-brown, greenish-brown to gray   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: Mature twigs reddish-brown. Branches straight with slender spines up to 1 inch long and spines pointed at the ends. Twigs greenish-brown to gray.
Spines, thorns or prickles: Y

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