|Scientific Name||Cercocarpus montanus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CEMO2|
|Common Name||Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany, Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||25136|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (4000 to 9500 ft.); dry areas along washes and on hillsides often among conifers.
Plant: Perennial shrub or (rarely) small tree 6 to 16 feet tall; bark is smooth gray to reddish.
Leaves: Deciduous, alternate, ovate to rhombic, 3/8 to 2 inches long on short petioles; margins serrate above the middle; young leaf surfaces with a few hairs becoming smooth; upper surface is dark green, paler beneath.
Inflorescence: Blossoms are solitary or in clusters of 2 to 3 in leaf axils; each has 5 cream to pinkish sepals and no petals; floral tube is flared with 20 or more protruding stamens and 1 pistil; feathery styles extend up to 4 inches long at maturity.
Bloom Period: May and June.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet
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