Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Ceanothus fendleri Gray
(Buckbrush, Fendler's Buckbrush)
Ceanothus fendleri is a shrub with small leaves that have three obvious veins emerging from the base of the leaf. The branches appear innocent, but there are hidden thorns at the ends of branches. The flowers are born in panicles and mature into red berries. Ceanothus fendleri and Ceanothus greggii are similar. Only Ceanothus fendleri has hidden thorns and three obvious leaf veins. Also, Ceanothus fendleri is found in somewhat higher elevation mountains while Ceanothus greggii is found on dry hillsides and roadsides.
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Ceanothus fendleri, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Burro Mtns., FR 828, May 28, 2007
Ceanothus fendleri, three parted berries, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., FR 828 (Jack's Peak East), Sept. 14, 2007
Ceanothus fendleri, inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, CD Trail above the Arrastra, Oct. 21, 2008
Ceanothus fendleri, 1x macro of back of strongly three veined leaf, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, CD Trail below the Arrastra, Jan. 26, 2009
Ceanothus fendleri, 1x macro of typical thorn hiding at end of branches, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, CD Trail below the Arrastra, Jan. 26, 2009
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