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Shepherdia argentea

Higher Taxonomy
Family: ElaeagnaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

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.
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 2012, Shepherdia argentea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 19, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 19, 2018.

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Geographic subdivisions for Shepherdia argentea:
e KR, SNH, SCoR, WTR, SnBr, MP, n SNE;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
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Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time.