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Bitter Cherry - Prunus emarginata

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4?

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Shrub or small tree 2–5 m. Twigs purple, glabrous. Leaf blades oblong to oblanceolate, rounded to the tip, 2–8 cm long, glabrous or puberulent beneath. Inflorescence a hemispheric, 5- to 8-flowered corymb, appearing with the leaves. Flowers: hypanthium 2–3 mm long, obconic, glabrous or hairy; sepals ovate, reflexed, 2–3 mm long; petals 4–7 mm long. Drupe a red to black cherry, 6–8 mm long when dry (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
BC, MT south to CA, NV and UT (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 20

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Habitat
Open forest, thickets, along streams; valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

References
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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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