Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus

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Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Cercocarpus
Species: C. ledifolius
Variety: C. l. var. intricatus
Trinomial name
Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus
(S.Watson) M.E.Jones

Cercocarpus intricatus S. Watson[1]

Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus (little-leaf mountain mahogany, narrowleaf mahogany,[2][2]:3 dwarf mountain mahogany[2]:152) is a variety of Cercocarpus ledifolius that is commonly known as little-leaf mountain mahogany.[3]


Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus is native to the Southwestern United States, from California to Colorado, where it grows in mostly dry habitat such as deserts. It can be found in rocky places and slopes of mountain brush, pinyon juniper woodland, and ponderosa pine forest vegetation types.[2]:152


Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus is a thickly branched shrub spreading and growing erect to heights between one and three meters. The many short gray twigs on the branches bear tiny, widely spaced evergreen leaves. Each thick, short leaf is a centimeter long or less, rolled under at the edges, and leathery in texture. The inflorescence has two or three flowers. Each flower is a tiny cup merely a few millimeters wide containing several protruding stamens and one pistil. The style remains after the rest of the flower falls away. It is feathery and up to two centimeters long, with the fruit, an achene, at the tip.


  1. ^ "Cercocarpus ledifolius Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray var. intricatus (S. Watson) M. E. Jones". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d Canyon Country Wildflowers, Damian Fagan, 2nd ed., 2012, Morris Bush Publishing, LLC. in cooperation with Canyonlands Natural History Association, ISBN 978-0-7627-7013-7
  3. ^ "Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 

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