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Cercocarpus montanus is a species of shrub or small tree in the family Rosaceae native to North America. It is known by the common names alder-leaf mountain-mahogany, alder-leaf cercocarpus, and true mountain-mahogany. The variety argenteus is commonly known as silverleaf mountain-mahogany.
Cercocarpus montanus is common in chaparral scrub, on mesas, the lower foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains in the United States. It is found in Nebraska, western Oklahoma, southwestern South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas.
Cercocarpus montanus often remains under 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height because of browsing by elk and deer, but can reach 20 feet (6.1 m). It has thin and smooth bark. The species is considered to be long lived.
- C. montanus was originally described and published in Atlantic Journal, and Friend of Knowledge, 146. 1832. Philadelphia, Penn. "Plant Name Details for Cercocarpus montanus". IPNI. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- GRIN (May 22, 2008). "Cercocarpus montanus information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
- C. m. var. argenteus was published in Brittonia; a Series of Botanical Papers, 7: 104. 1950. New York. "Plant Name Details for Cercocarpus montanus var. argenteus". IPNI. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
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- Weber, W. A. (1976). Rocky Mountain flora: A field guide for the identification of the Ferns, Conifers, and Flowering Plants of the Southern Rocky Mountains from Pikes Peak to Rocky Mountain National Park and from the Plains to the Continental Divide. Niwot, Colorado: University Press of Colorado.
- Kitchen, Stanley (2004). Wildland shrubs of the United States and its territories, Volume 1. Rocky Mountain Research Station: U.S. Department of Agriculture. pp. 170–180.
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