Sunday, April 24, 2016

Phyllodoce breweri (Brewer's / Pink Mountain Heather)

 7/8/16 Off banks of Virginia Creek near Big Virginia Lake, Toiyable National Forest, 
Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

 7/8/16 Virginia Creek

 7/4/16 Rock Creek, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

8/17/03 Emerald Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP, Shasta County, CA

 8/17/03 Emerald Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP

8/17/03 Bumpass Hell Trail, Lassen Volcanic NP


COMMON NAME: Brewer's or Pink Mountain Heather

SPECIES: Phyllodoce breweri

FAMILY: Ericaceae (Heath Family)


LOCATION: Emerald Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Shasta County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Shrub, generally matted, glabrous to glandular, generally rhizomed

Stem decumbent, rooting, rough from persistent, decurrent leaf bases

Leaves alternate, crowded, < 5 mm wide, linear, needle-like, evergreen, leathery; margin strongly rolled under; lower surface channeled

Inflorescence: flowers solitary in axils of leaf-like bracts, ± clustered near stem tip; bractlets 2; pedicels jointed to flower

Flower: sepals < 4.5 mm; corolla cup-shaped, pink to rose-purple, tube < 4.5 mm, lobes < 3.5 mm; filaments > 2 X anthers

Ecology: Moist rocky slopes, meadows, subalpine

Elevation: 1200–3500 m.  

Bioregional distribution: s High Cascade Range (Magee Peak, nnw of Lassen Peak), High Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino Mountains 

Horticultural information: IRR, DRN: 1, 2, 14, 15, 16, 17; acidic soil; DFCLT.

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