Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Heather (Ericaceae) family.
PLANT: Shrubs with rigid, spreading branches, 1-2 m tall; bark reddish brown, smooth; branchlets densely pubescent. LEAVES: elliptic to lance-elliptic; blades 1.5-4 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide, pale green, lustrous, glabrous; bases acute to rounded; tips acute and mucronate; margins entire (young leaves may be toothed); petioles 4-9 mm long, white-puberulent. INFLORESCENCE: simple or few-branched racemes, densely white puberulent; bracts acuminate, 1.5-4 mm long. FLOWERS: 2-8 mm long; sepals with ovate lobes, reflexed, 1- 2 mm long, glabrous; corollas white to pink, urceolate; pedicels 2.5-6.5 mm long, glabrous; ovaries glabrous. FRUITS: depressed-globose, 5-11 mm wide, orange to brownish-red, glabrous. NOTES: Rocky hillsides with interior chaparral and openings in ponderosa pine savannah; 1000-2500 m (3300-8200 ft); Feb-Jun.
Santa Catalina Mountains.
Location: Gordon Hirabayashi Campground.
Widespread around campground and Arizona Trail
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