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Fleshy Hawthorn - Crataegus macracantha
Other Names:  Crataegus succulenta [in part], Crataegus phippsii

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4?

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General Description
Shrub 2–6 m. Stems purplish-brown, becoming gray; thorns 3–5 cm long, curved. Leaf blades ovate, 2–5 cm long, serrate, mostly unlobed, sparsely hairy above, glabrous beneath. Inflorescence 10- to 15-flowered, villous. Flowers: hypanthium villous; sepals 3–4 mm long, glandular-dentate; petals 6–8 mm long; stamens 10; styles 2 to 4. Pome 7–10 mm wide, red, pubescent (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC to QC, south to OR, AZ and NM (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 8

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • 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.
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