WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

Rounded shrubs to 3-feet tall have showy clusters of creamy flowers and alternate branches and leaves. Note some branches have thorny tips, and the alternate leaves have 3 prominent veins.


FLOWERS: April–October. Dense, rounded clusters of creamy flowers with 5 small, triangular petals. The dry, 3-parted capsules explode to expel the seeds.


LEAVES: Alternate, evergreen. Blades oval, 3/8–1-inch long (9–25 mm), with 3 prominent veins from leaf base, tip rounded to pointed, margin entire, surfaces green to gray-green, hairy.


HABITAT: Sandy, gravelly, loam soils, canyons, riparian areas, roadsides; yellow pine, ponderosa-oak, Douglas fir-aspen forests.


ELEVATION: 4,700–9,200 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CO, NM, SD, TX, UT, WY.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Desert Ceanothus, C. pauciflorus (C. greggii), in southern NM at lower elevations, has opposite leaves with one midvein, no thorn-tipped branches, and blooms early spring.


NM COUNTIES: Statewide except eastern border counties in low- to mid-elevation habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Valencia.

FENDLER’S  CEANOTHUS

CEANOTHUS  FENDLERI

Buckhorn Family, Rhamnaceae

Perennial deciduous shrub

Thorn-tipped branches (arrows).

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Mostly alternate leaves with 3 veins from base (arrow).

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