Ceanothus species

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Scientific Name Ceanothus fendleri USDA PLANTS Symbol
CEFE
Common Name Fendler's Ceanothus, Fendler's Buckthorn ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
28467
Family Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to montane. Rocky, dry soils on slopes, in open areas and woodlands.
Plant: Perennial shrub from less than 2 feet to 5 feet tall, often thicket-forming with erect or spreading stems; reddish-brown bark when mature, small branches green/grayish-green; mature stems have thorns.
Leaves: Alternate with short (~1/6 inch) petioles; blades lanceolate-elliptic to oblong-ovate 1/3 to 1-1/4 inches long, smooth edges, dark green above, light green to whitish below.
Inflorescence: Many small white to whitish-pink flowers in rounded clusters, usually umbel-like, sometimes raceme-like, each with 3 to 10 flowers; each small flower has 5 spoon-shaped petals, 5 folded, triangular sepals, and 5 stamens.
Bloom period: June-August.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet. "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and www.fireflyforest.com.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Ceanothus velutinus USDA PLANTS Symbol
CEVE
Common Name Snowbrush, Snowbrush Ceanothus ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
28517
Family Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to montane. Rocky soils, moist or dry, on slopes, in open areas and woodlands and roadsides; often forms large colonies especially following fires or forest clearing.
Plant: Perennial shrub 2 to 5 feet tall, often thicket-forming with erect or spreading stems; brown, smooth stems without thorns.
Leaves: Alternate with petioles 1/4 to 1-1/4 inches long; blades widely elliptic to ovate-elliptic, somewhat cordate 1-1/2 to 3 inches long, bases rounded; edges with many teeth, shiny dark green upper surface green above, light green to whitish below.
Inflorescence: Rounded, terminal panicles of many small white to whitish-pink flowers; each with 5 spoon-shaped petals, 5 folded, triangular sepals, and 5 stamens.
Bloom period: June-August.
References: Descr. adapted from eFloras.org, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Jepson eFlora.
Colorado Status
Native



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