CORALBERRY
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Symphoricarpos orbiculatus  Moench
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Height: 16-72 inches
Family: Caprifoliaceae - Honeysuckle Family
Flowering Period:   July, August
Also Called: Buckbrush.
Trunks: Shrubs, rhizomatous, often forming large colonies. Stems spreading, branched, not prickly. Bark brown, peeling into small, short flakes or shredding into long, thin strips.
Twigs: Light brown, slender.
Leaves: Buds grayish brown, egg-shaped. Petioles 1/25 to 1/8 inch; blades elliptic to ovate or nearly orbicular, .6 to 2 inches long, .4 to 1.4 inches wide, base rounded to truncate, margins entire, tip obtuse to acute, lower surface sparsely pubescent, glaucous or not, upper surface glabrate, green.
Flowers: Inflorescences reduced racemes or spikes, terminal and axillary, 2-6-flowered; bracts 2. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes triangular; corollas greenish white to pink, 5-lobed, campanulate, 1/10 to 1/4 inch, glabrous externally, throat pilose internally, lobes spreading-ascending, rounded; stamens 5, included; style included.
Fruit: Berry-like drupes, coral-pink, red, or purplish, ellipsoid to globose, 1/6 to 1/4 inch; crowned by persistent calyx; nutlets 2, white.
Habitat: Tallgrass prairies, floodplain and upland forests and woodlands, pastures, stream banks, thickets, old fields, fencerows, roadsides, and disturbed sites
Distribution: Occurs statewide
Origin: Native
Uses: Deer browse buckbrush, and its fruits and seeds are a food source for pheasants, quail, prairie chickens, and songbirds.
Comments: Symphoricarpos, to bear together and fruit, alluding to the clustered berries.

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