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Shrub, vine, tree, generally erect, often thorny
Leaves simple, generally alternate, often clustered on short-shoots, generally petioled, generally stipuled; blade often 13-ribbed from base
Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, or flowers solitary in axils
Flower generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium subtending, surrounding, or partly fused to ovary; sepals 4 or 5; petals 0, 4, or 5, clawed; stamens 4 or 5, alternate sepals, attached to hypanthium top, each generally fitting into a petal concavity; ovary superior or partly inferior, chambers 25, each 12-ovuled, style lobes or parts 13
Fruit: capsule, drupe
Genera in family: 55 genera, 900 species: especially tropical, subtropical; some cultivated (Ceanothus ; Colletia , anchor-plant; Gouania ; Phylica ; Rhamnus ; Ventilago ; Ziziphus )
Reference: [Brizicky 1965 J Arnold Arbor 45:439463]
Shrub, small tree, prostrate to erect, thorny or not
Stem: branches generally arranged as leaves
Leaves alternate or opposite, deciduous or evergreen, petioled; blade 13-ribbed from base, margin entire or not
Inflorescence: generally panicle-like aggregations of umbel-like, 3-flowered clusters
Flower generally < 5 mm; hypanthium surrounding fleshy disk below ovary base, in fruit thick, not splitting; sepals generally 5, lanceolate-deltate, incurved, colored like petals, persistent; petals generally 5, hooded, white to deep blue; stamens generally 5, opposite petals; ovary superior, 3-lobed, chambers 3, each 1-ovuled, style parts 3
Fruit: capsule, ± spheric, 3-valved
Seeds 3, ± 3 mm, 1 surface convex
Species in genus: 45 species: North America, especially w
Etymology: (Greek: thorny plant)
Reference: [Rensselaer & McMinn 1942 Ceanothus Santa Barbara Bot Gard 1308]
Hybridization common (named hybrids not recognized here);hybrid forms may not key adequately.
Plant ± ascending to erect, < 2 mSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Stem: twigs round, dark, puberulent
Leaves opposite, evergreen, 0.61.8 cm; stipules present; petiole < 4 mm; blade widely elliptic to round, 1-ribbed from base, tip obtuse to truncate, margin dentate, teeth spine-like or not, upper surface dark green, glabrous, lower surface hairy on veins, canescent between
Inflorescence raceme-like, < 2.5 cm
Flower deep blue to violet
Fruit ± 3.5 mm; horns near top minute; ridges 0
Ecology: Dry, rocky, shrubby slopes
Elevation: < 500 m.
Bioregional distribution: San Francisco Bay Area (Bolinas Ridge, sw Marin Co.). Closely related to C. gloriosus.