|Scientific Name||Symphoricarpos occidentalis||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SYOC|
|Common Name||Western Snowberry, Wolfberry||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||35336|
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 Univ. Washington Burke Herbarium.
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