Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Desertsweet, Fernbush)

7/11/07 Roadside, Bishop Creek at Lake Sabrina, Inyo National Forest,
E. Sierra, Inyo County, CA


COMMON NAME: Desertsweet, Fernbush, Mountain Misery

SPECIES: Chamaebatiaria millefolium

FAMILY: Rosaceae (Rose Family)


LOCATION: Roadside, Bishop Creek at Lake Sabrina, Inyo National Forest, E. Sierra, Inyo County, CA

Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Shrub 6--20 dm, strong-smelling, evergreen, densely branched, generally stellate-hairy, glandular. 

Leaf: alternate, odd-(1)2-pinnately compound, 2--8 cm, oblong; stipules entire; 1° leaflets 13--25; 2° leaflets 6--10, 0.8--2 mm, sessile, entire, lobed, or toothed; petioles, axes hairy adaxially. 

Inflorescence:panicle or raceme, 3--15 cm, flowers 20--400; pedicel bractlets 1--21. 

Flower: hypanthium bractlets 0; sepals 5, 2.5--4 mm, lanceolate, acute, abaxially glandular-hairy; petals 5, +- 5 mm, +- round, white; pistils 4--5, ovaries superior, +- fused below, ovules generally >= 2, styles free. 

Fruit: follicles, 3--5 mm, red-brown, leathery, dehiscent on inner suture, upper 1/2 of outer. 

Seed: few, 2.5--3.5 mm, narrow-fusiform, +- yellow. 

Ecology: Dry, rocky sagebrush scrub, pinyon/juniper woodland, pine forest; 

Elevation: 900--3400 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaR, SN (e slope), GB, ne DMtns; 

Distribution Outside California: to Oregon, southern Idaho, Utah, Arizona. 

Flowering Time: Jun--Aug 

Jepson eFlora Author: Brian Vanden Heuvel & Thomas J. Rosatti

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