Symphoricarpos species

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Scientific Name Symphoricarpos occidentalis USDA PLANTS Symbol SYOC
Common Name Western Snowberry, Wolfberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35336
Family Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (3500 to 8500 ft.); along streams and rivers, floodplains, open prairies and woods, pastures and along roadsides.
Plant: Erect, branching shrub up to 40 inches tall often forming dense colonies.
Leaves: Deciduous stem leaves, opposite, ovate to elliptic, 1 to 3 inches wide/long; margins entire or with a few irregular teeth; upper surface smooth, lower surface covered with minute soft hairs.
Inflorescence: Short, dense racemes of few to many flowers on branch ends and from upper axils; pale pink corolla 1/5 to 1/3 inches long, hairy on the inner surface, with 5 spreading lobes; 5 long, white protruding stamens; elongated, protruding style is often covered in long, spreading hairs except near the tip.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: Dull, greenish-white, round berry 1/2 to 1/3 inch in diameter.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers and UW Burke Herbarium.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Symphoricarpos rotundifolius (Symphoricarpos oreophilus) USDA PLANTS Symbol SYRO
Common Name Roundleaf Snowberry, Mountain Snowberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35341
Family Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5500 to 11000 ft); drier areas in woodlands, meadows and along roadsides.
Plant: Erect, spreading or trailing shrub, 2 to 4 feet tall; older stems with shreddy bark; new twigs with minute hairs and may be reddish.
Leaves: Deciduous stem leaves to 1/4 to 3/4-inch long, opposite, oval to elliptic, green on top and pale green with many veins showing below.
Inflorescence: Arising from leaf axils, pairs or small clusters of drooping flowers with narrow bell-shaped white to pink corollas about 1/4 to 3/8-inch long with 5 lobes; calyx with 5 triangular lobes.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: White berry, ovate or ellipsoid, about 3/8-inch long.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and Wikipedia.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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