Shrubs and trees of the Southwest Uplands by Francis H. Elmore, Jeanne R. Janish

By Francis H. Elmore, Jeanne R. Janish

Box advisor to the commonest plant species of the Southwest stumbled on from 4,500 toes to 11,500 ft, all of that are present in nationwide Park carrier components. those components are in Southern Utah, Southern Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and a little bit western Texas and Oklahoma. The soils are assorted, as are the climates during which those crops are available. listed below are low mesas, lofty peaks, deep canyons, and shallow arroyos, making up the most staggering surroundings within the usa. every one plant features a special drawing of the plant, relative peak, foliage, plants and fruit. The publication is usually illustrated with colour pictures of vegetation and timber in situ.

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Light green, 1 to 2 inch leaves are long elliptic, leathery and nonsilky which help to differentiate this bush from silktassel bush. It is usually a shrub of about 2 to 8 feet tall, but can become a small tree to 15 feet. Some species contain a bitter alkaloid, garryin, which has been used as a tonic and as a preventative for recurring diseases such as malaria. A Mexican species is much used as a remedy for diarrhea. Silktassel woods are hard and heavy. Rubber in small quantities has been extracted from this species.

S ' «l PlatanuS / wrightii Sycamore or Planetree family (Platanaceae) Range: c. to se AZ, sw NM; s. to Mex. Streams & lakesides, 2,000' - 7,000'. Once you've seen a sycamore, you'll never forget it. " The mottled effect is caused by its loose, thin, brownish bark flaking away and exposing patches of whitish to pale green inner bark. The tree grows to 80 feet with a trunk diameter of 4 feet, but is occasionally a sprawling, spread-out tree, divided at the ground into 2 or 3 large stems, some of which may even repose on the ground.

M 'M* SN « Forestiera neomexicana Olive family (Oleaceae) Range: Our whole range; w. to CA. River valleys & cliff bases, 3,000' - 7,000'. Typically, an erect, spreading shrub (rarely a small tree) from 3 to 10 feet tall, with spiny branches sometimes. Its small and inconspicuous flowers have no petals and the male and female flowers are separate entities, with the stamens giving the flowers a yellowish cast. The leaves which are grayish green and oval appear after the blossoms. Small, bluish black, olive-shaped fruits ripen and drop from the trees in late summer and fall.

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