Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus)
[ Trees > Hardwoods . . . ] Forest Type: Low- and Mid-Elevation Montane
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Scattered in various dry western ecosystems, including pinyon-juniper chaparral, Ponderosa woods, and montane pine forests below 10,000 feet.
Stature: To 20 feet tall but usually smaller and shrub-like; with an open, irregular crown.
Leaves: About an inch long; oval to spatula-shaped (reminiscent of alder or birch leaves); coarsely toothed; with prominent parallel veins; with short petioles; deciduous or, in warm climates, somewhat evergreen.
Bark: Smooth and brown when young, developing ridges and becoming gray-brown with age.
Flowers: Small and greenish, appearing in spring.
Fruit: A small woody seed attached to a long, fuzzy, white plume about 4 inches long.
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Kuo, M. (2018, November). Birchleaf mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/cercocarpus_montanus.html