Habitat and range
Symphoricarpos rotundifolius is native to the western United States and northwestern Mexico. It has been found in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, eastern Oregon, the Oklahoma Panhandle, far western Texas, and northern Baja California.
Stems and leaves
Older woody parts are covered in shreddy bark and smaller, newer twigs are coated in fuzzy hairs.
The species epithet, rotundifolia ("round leaved") is slightly misleading, since the 1⁄4 to 3⁄4 inch (0.6 to 1.9 cm) leaves are oval to elliptic, not perfectly circular. Leaves are green above, and pale green with many veins below.
Inflorescence and fruit
It flowers from June to August.
- Sierra Nevada Wildflowers, Karen Wiese, 2nd ed, 2013, p. 65
- Jones, George Neville 1940. A monograph of the genus Symphoricarpos. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 21(2): 201-252
- Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
- SEINet, Southwestern Biodiversity, Arizona chapter photos, description, distribution map
- Calflora taxon report, University of California, Symphoricarpos rotundifolius A. Gray, mountain snowberry, roundleaf snowberry
- Jepson Manual Treatment
- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Profile
- Calphotos Photo gallery, University of California
- photo of herbarium specimen at Missouri Botanical Garden, collected in New Mexico in 1851
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