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Mint Wash - Tr 345
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Mint Wash - Tr 345
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Mint Wash - Tr 345
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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Deciduous. Rarely tree-like. Often forms thickets of clustered, slender, upright stems. Spreads by underground root suckering. Helps to prevent erosion. Found along streams,silt flats and riverbanks.
Height: 15 feet     Width: Unavailable


Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 4000 - 9500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellowish-white   Shape: Inconspicuous in elongated clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Mar - May
Description: Dioecious. Fuzzy catkins 1 to 2-1/2 inches long, on a slender 1 inch stem, appearing in spring with the leaves.

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green to gray-green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Bottom of leaves
Description: Very long and narrow, lanceolate to linear, untoothed or with few teeth. Leaves to 2 to 5 inches long by 1/4 inch wide. Green to gray-green above, paler and may be hairy below.
Spines: N

Fruit Characteristics

Color: White   Type: Capsule   Description: Small (1/4 inch), long-pointed capsules in long, narrow clusters. Each capsule contains numerous small fuzzy seeds.

Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Gray to gray-green   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Silvery-gray to gray-green, becoming shallowly fissured with time. Smooth when young.

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