Alnus incana (L.) Moench
Family: Betulaceae
mountain alder, speckled alder, swamp alder
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Matthew L. Wagner  
Etymology: Alnus: ancient Latin name derived from the Celtic, "growth along streams"
Plants: perennial tree/shrub to 30' tall with open, spreading branches; dark gray to reddish brown, smooth bark with whitish, prominent, horizontal lenticels; often in dense thickets
Leaves: leaf oval to elliptic, firm, edges usually coarsely double toothed, not noticeably resin-coated
Flowers: elliptical winter buds stalked and parallel to the twig; male catkin in 1 or more clusters 3/4"-2 3/4" long; blooms in early spring
Fruits: oval, stalked fruit clusters
Habitat: moist to wet; streambanks, lakeshores, bogs, swamps, swales and roadsides
Conservation Status: Native
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