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Purshia tridentata
Purshia tridentata
Purshia tridentata (Buckbrush)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Woodlands, shrublands, openings. Spring.
Head of Hovenweep Canyon, May 8, 2006.

Purshia tridentata

Such clusters of sprouting plants mystified Betty and me (and our botanizing friends) for a number of years.  We finally found some plants with more than cotyledons and more than their very first leaves which usually were narrow and somewhat sharply lobed.  When more leaves came on we saw the characteristic leaf shape of Purshia tridentata.  We also found that Purshia stansburiana produced the same bean sprout-like clusters.

Few of the sprouts survive.