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mountain mahogany

noun
1.
any of several western North American shrubs or small trees of the genus Cercocarpus, of the rose family, having simple, leathery leaves and small, whitish flowers.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism
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Examples from the web for mountain mahogany
  • Alligator juniper, gray oak, mountain mahogany and sotol are a few of the abundant plant species here.
  • The high plateaus support juniper and curl-leaf mountain mahogany and an understory of dominantly snowberry and ceanothus.
  • mountain mahogany, juniper and sagebrush dot the landscape.
  • Limited stands of yellow pine, mountain mahogany and juniper provide additional habitat for resident deer.
  • Stands of juniper and mountain mahogany forest the site, providing privacy from the highway but only limited shade.
  • Look for stands of quaking aspen and mountain mahogany on drier rocky ridges.
  • Mule deer seek the protection of the juniper and mountain mahogany patches in the higher elevations of the refuge.
  • Other common vegetation includes the mountain mahogany, white-barked quaking aspen, and the purple sage.
Encyclopedia Article for mountain mahogany

(Cercocarpus), any of a genus of North American evergreen shrubs or small trees, in the rose family (Rosaceae). The hard heartwood of these trees is highly valued for carving. C. betuloides and C. ledifolius are scaly-barked trees that may reach up to 9 m (30 feet) in height. C. intricatus, a shrub growing to 3 m (10 feet), has intricate branching

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