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SHOWING RECORD: 6 of 12   Rocky Mountain Maple
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Rocky Mountain Maple

Acer glabrum



First Noted by Expedition
August 13, 1805, along the Lemhi River, Idaho.
 

Description
Shrub or small tree with short trunk and slender, upright branches, hairless throughout. Height: 30 ft (9 m). Diameter: 1 ft (0.3 m). Flowers 0.3 in (0.8 cm) wide; greenish-yellow.
 

Habitat
Moist soils, especially along canyons and mountain slopes in coniferous forests.
 

Range
Southeastern Alaska, British Columbia, and southwestern Alberta, south mostly in mountains to southern New Mexico and southern California; to 5,000-9,000 ft (1,524-2,743 m) in south.
 

Note
The northernmost maple in the New World, it extends through southeastern Alaska. Deer, elk, cattle, and sheep browse the foliage. The Latin species name, meaning "hairless," refers to the leaves.

Species information from enature.com
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