Shepherdia canadensis

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Scientific Name Shepherdia canadensis USDA PLANTS Symbol
SHCA
Common Name Russet Buffaloberry, Canada Buffaloberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
27779
Family Elaeagnaceae (Oleaster) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine. Pine forests, shady areas.
Plant: Shrub 20 to 80 inches tall; dioecious; stems with brownish, scaly bark, without spines/prickles.
Leaves: Opposite, lanceolate to ovate, 1-1/2 to 2-3/4 inches long; green upper surfaces with star-shaped (stellate) hairs, grayish lower surface dotted with brownish scale and stellate hairs.
Inflorescence: Small yellow-green flowers at leaf axils on newer branches, about 1/8-inch across, no petals, bowl-shaped calyx with 4 triangular, petal-like lobes. Staminate plants with 1 or more male flowers in each axil with 8 extended stamens; pistillate plants with just 1 female flower in each axil and with extended pistil.
Fruit: Small red or yellow-red berries about 1/3-inch across, a few scaly bumps on surface.
References: Descr. adapted from Minnesota Wildflowers and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native

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