Shepherdia argentea Nutt. - Silver Buffaloberry


 

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Shepherdia argentea - (image 1 of 2)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Elaeagnaceae

Habitat

River-banks and canyons. Sand dunes.

Associates

 

Distribution

MN and IA, west British Columbia to NM. Has become naturalized in some parts of WI.

Morphology

Suckering shrub or small tree to 6 m. Branches stiff, often with short thorny tips. Leaves opposite, silvery, oblong to lanceolate, narrowed to the base. Dioecous. Flowers in small clusters on the growth of the previous season; stamens 8. Fruit red, 6-9 mm, sour.

Notes

Flowers April to May

Wetland indicator: Upland?

This plant is not really native to the northeastern U.S., occurring naturally just west of the Chicago region. This plant was photographed at the Morton Arboretum. The fruit of this species is edible but sour.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium. Shepherdia argentea.

http://wisplants.uwsp.edu/scripts/detail.asp?SpCode=SHEARG

 


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