bitterbrush Rosaceae Purshia
tridentata (Pursh) DC.
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, (but typically clustered at nodes), deciduous (although may persist under certain conditions). Small (1/4 to 3/4 inches long) and wedge-shaped with a 3-lobed apex; green to gray-green above and grayish-white below; pubescent on both surfaces; short petiole and entire, revolute margins; non-aromatic.
Flower: Species is monoecious; small, yellow, complete, tubular with flared petals, borne singly in the leaf axils.
Fruit: Single or paired achenes, elliptical or tear-shaped with a tapered tip or beak, bitter tasting.
Twig: Young twigs are slender, reddish brown, and smooth, becoming reddish gray-brown with age, bitter to the taste.
Bark: Thin and grayish brown to brown.
Form: An upright, much-branched shrub to 10 feet tall.
Looks like: Stansbury cliffrose
- Apache plume
- big sagebrush
| Additional Range Information:
Purshia tridentata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting bitterbrush.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson