Cercocarpus minutiflorus (C. montanus var. minutiflorus) Rosaceae
Smooth Mountain-mahogany ser-ko-KAR-pus
- Evergreen shrub, much branched, 6-15 ft (~2-5 m) tall. Leaves alternate, simple, 1-2.5 cm, ovate to obovate, thin to leathery, margin entire to serrate, 3-6 lateral veins, upper surface shiny, bright-green. Flowers, small, tubular and inconspicuous, but followed by showy, silky-plumed (3-7 cm long) seedheads in the summer.
- Sun. Well-drained soil, avoid frequent summer watering. Probably best used in stabilizing or restoring disturbed or degraded areas.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8? Mostly found in the chaparral of extreme southern California (San Diego County) and northern Baja California.
- Some controversy exists on the taxonomy of Cercocarpus, the so-called True Mountain-mahogany is now considered Cercocarpus montanus Raf. and many varieties are now recognized, such as:
C. m. var. argenteus, Silverleaf Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. blancheae, Island Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. glaber, Birchleaf Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. macrourus, Klamath Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. minutiflorus, Smooth Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. montanus, Alderleaf Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. paucidentatus, Shaggy Mountain-mahogany
- minutiflorus: minute-flowered