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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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NW of Mingus Mtn - Perkinsville Rd
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Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Cowania mexicana
General Description: Deciduous. A spreading and much-branched shrub which often forms thickets in flats and washes. The lobed leaves are thin. Showy white flowers are followed by many fruits with long pink plumes.
Identification notes: Low much-branched shrub, fleshy bark, slender hairy branches. Leaves divided into 3 to 7 lobes, hairy on top, scaly below. Flowers solitary or few per branch, large white and showy with 5 petals. Fruits oblong, hairy, tipped by pinkish feathery plumes.
Height: 6 feet     Width: 5 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Found on gravelly flats, sediment and dry rocky slopes.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Riparian
Elevation: 3500 - 8000 feet


Flowers

Color: White, pinkish   Shape: Regular in clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Apr - Oct
Description: Flowers are white to pinkish, 5 petaled and yellow centered, up to 2 inches wide. Flowers are showy, usually unisexual, in loose clusters of 1 to 3 at the end of elongate, nearly leafless stalks.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Dark green, reddish-white   Type: Simple   Shape: Pinnatifid   Margin: Lobed   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Top of leaves
Description: Leaves are smooth or hairy on top and scaly beneath; up to 3/4 inch long. Usually winter-deciduous, pinnately divided into 3 to 7 narrowly oblong lobes; dark green above, woolly beneath.


Fruit

Color: White to pinkish   Type: Achene   Description: Ovoid achene fruits with numerous 1 inch long feathery pinkish plumes persist on the plant in the fall.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Gray to brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Shreddy or peeling   Bark and Branch Description: Numerous branches at the base. Light gray-brown, irregularly ridged and furrowed, a bit shreddy.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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