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Shepherdia argentea
BUFFALO-BERRY

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Family: ElaeagnaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: OLEASTER FAMILY
Habit: Shrub, tree, generally thorny, generally densely silvery-hairy throughout; hairs generally scale-like; occasionally +- dioecious. Leaf: simple, alternate or opposite, generally deciduous, entire; petiole generally short; stipules 0. Inflorescence: generally umbel-like, axillary; flowers 1--few. Flower: radial; hypanthium rotate to salverform, fleshy in age, lower part generally constricted, persistent, with a nectary disk; sepals generally 4, +- petal-like; petals 0; anthers 4 or 8, +- sessile; ovary superior but appearing inferior, chamber 1, style 1. Fruit: achene enclosed in fleshy hypanthium, appearing drupe- or berry-like.
Genera In Family: 3 genera, +- 45 species: North America, Europe, Asia, eastern Australia; especially temperate, subtropics.
eFlora Treatment Author: Elizabeth McClintock, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: ShepherdiaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub; dioecious. Flower: small, clustered in leaf axils. Staminate Flower: hypanthium rotate; disk lobes alternate with stamens. Pistillate Flower: hypanthium urn-shaped, +- closed distally; disk lobes 8, +- meeting above ovary; stigma cap-like.
Species In Genus: 3 species: North America. Etymology: (John Shepherd, curator of Liverpool Botanic Garden, 1764--1836)
eFlora Treatment Author: Alan T. Whittemore

Shepherdia argentea (Pursh) Nutt.
NATIVE
Habit: Plant 2--7 m, much-branched. Leaf: 1.3--6 cm, 1--2 cm wide, oblong or elliptical, adaxially silver-green. Flower: white. Fruit: 5--7 mm, ellipsoidal, red.
Ecology: Along streams, river bottoms, slopes; Elevation: 650--2100 m. Bioregional Distribution: e KR, SNH, SCoR, WTR, SnBr, MP, n SNE; Distribution Outside California: to Canada, central United States. Flowering Time: Apr--May Note: Fruit sour, made into sauce eaten with buffalo meat along Overland Trail; occasionally cultivated as ornamental.
eFlora Treatment Author: Alan T. Whittemore
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Citation for this treatment: Alan T. Whittemore 2016. Shepherdia argentea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=44296, accessed on February 09, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 09, 2016.


Shepherdia argentea
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Shepherdia argentea
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Shepherdia argentea
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Shepherdia argentea
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Geographic subdivisions for Shepherdia argentea:
e KR, SNH, SCoR, WTR, SnBr, MP, n SNE;
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