Little Leaf Mountain Mahogany
DESCRIPTION: a medium
sized, xeric shrub. A member of the rose family, Little Leaf Mountain Mahogany
is a sub species of Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany. It is native to Colorado,
but given its low water needs and according drought tolerance, can be found
throughout the American Southwest. Its leaves are small, fine textured, and
needle-like. They have a shiny, dark green coloring. The flowers are very
small and yellow. The flowers and leaves are found on its erect and densely
compact branches. The wood has a light gray bark and is very heavy and hard.
It is sometimes used in cabinet making. Deer and elk eat the flowers and leaves,
while rabbits frequently dig their resting hollows at the base of the shrub.
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