Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides)

Some portraits of Birch-leaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides), one of my favorite plants in the chaparral. You can find it in every climate zone here, growing a bit stunted in the windswept coastal chaparral (or what little is left of it, for example at Torrey Pines), standing tall in beautiful and lush patches on north-facing slopes in the foothills and inland areas, up to the highest elevations of the Peninsular Ranges, and even in the transition zone into the desert.

Mountain mahogany is a resprouter, which means it will regrow from its own burl after wildfire (of which there are too many nowadays, because most of them are caused by humans, and at far too frequent intervals for chaparral plants in general to fully recover).

For the complete archive, please visit my Chaparral Plant Portraits gallery page (with filtering options).

This blog post is specifically dedicated to my friend T.M. Schultze.

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