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Singleleaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)
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Singleleaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)
Typical habitat (Red Rock Canyon NCA)

General: Singleleaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)is a modest, round-topped tree of wet areas. The leaves are entire (in contrast with other Ash Trees that have compound leaves). Seeds are produced in bunches that hang from small branchlet; each seed has a wing that catches in the wind. The bark is gray with many, shallow furrows.

Singleleaf Ash are found along washes, rivers, and other wet areas in the Upper Sonoran (Pinyon-Juniper Woodland) and Transition (Yellow Pine Forest) life zones.

Around Las Vegas, Singleleaf Ash are relatively uncommon, but they can be found in the moist, higher-elevation canyons and around some springs in Red Rock Canyon NCA.

Family: Olive (Oleaceae).

Singleleaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)
Leaves and flowers (Red Rock Canyon NCA)

Plant Form: Upright, branching tree.

Height: To about 18 ft.

Trunk: Gray with many, shallow furrows in the bark.

Leaves: Leaves entire, oval (occasionally compound).

Flowers: Not showy, has no petals.

Seeds: Seeds are produced in bunches that hang from small branchlets; each seed has a wing (sumara) that catches in the wind.

Singleleaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)
Leaves and flowers (Red Rock Canyon NCA)

Distribution: California east to Colorado and New Mexico.

Habitat: Washes, river corridors, springs.

Elevation: About 4,000 to 8,000 feet.

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Singleleaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)
Flowers
Singleleaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)
Dry fruits

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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