Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Alder
K’ish
(a.k.a. Arizona alder)

Alternate arrangement of leaves on twigs

Alder is usually a streambank tree, although it can also grow as a large shrub. The leaves are simple, doubly serrate, and heavy-veined. The male flowers are structured in catkins and the female flowers are surrounded by bracts which harden into a woody remnant (called by some an ament, and by others a strobilus) which resembles a small cone. The young branches can be longitudinally ridged.

*Description courtesy of Western New Mexico University's Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness.

Knobby texture and green-red coloration of the catkins
Pine-conelike appearance of female flowers
Catkins displaying reddish-green coloration
Reddish twig with four catkins
Close-up of twig showing reddish coloration and fuzzy texture
Serration on leaf margin
Twig showing longitudinal striation, red coloration, and alternate leaf arrangement
Full view  of treetop showing full, leafy canopy

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