Speckled Alder - Alnus incana
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Shrubs to 4 m high with grayish-brown bark. Twigs finely pubescent with blunt or rounded winter buds. Leaf blades 3–8 cm long with doubly serrate margins, paler, pubescent on veins below. Inflorescence borne on twigs of previous season. Female catkins 1–2 cm at maturity. Fruit a nutlet without wing margins.
In MT we have subspecies tenuifolia
(Nutt.) Breitung (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
In MT in the western and central counties; AK to SK south to CA, east to CO, WY and NM (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX; Furlow 1997 in Fl. N. Amer. Vol. 3).
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- Burkholder, B.O. 2015. Seasonal distribution, winter habitat selection and willow utilization patterns of the Shiras Moose on the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 262 p.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Little, E.L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees (native and naturalized). Agriculture Handbook No. 541. U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 375 pp.
- Martin, S.A. 1985. Ecology of the Rock Creek bighorn sheep herd, Beartooth Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 152 p.
- Nyberg, H.E. 1980. Distribution, movements and habitat use of mule deer associated with the Brackett Creek winter range, Bridger Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 106 p.