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Cornus sessilis

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Family: CornaceaeView Description 

Habit: Perennial herb to tree; sometimes dioecious. Leaf: generally opposite, simple, generally entire, generally deciduous, veins often arched; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cyme or raceme, generally umbel- or head-like, subtended by showy or +- non-showy bracts or open, not subtended by bracts. Flower: generally small, generally bisexual; calyx generally 4-lobed; petals [0]4[(5)], free; stamens generally as many as, alternate petals; ovary inferior, chambers 1--4, 1-ovuled, style simple, stigma lobes 0[2--4]. Fruit: drupe [berry]. Seed: generally 1--2.
Genera In Family: +- 12 genera, +- 100 species: especially northern temperate (also southern tropics, subtrop); cultivated as ornamental (Cornus, Aucuba); some timber species.
eFlora Treatment Author: James R. Shevock
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: CornusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: DOGWOOD
Leaf: generally opposite or whorled; base, tip generally tapered. Inflorescence: head-like cyme subtended by showy bracts, open cyme not subtended by bracts, or umbel subtended by non-showy bracts. Fruit: stone 1--2-chambered.
Species In Genus: +- 50 species: northern temperate, rare southern hemisphere; many cultivated as ornamental, some for fall color; some fruit used for jam, syrup. Etymology: (Latin: horn, from the hard wood) Note: Divided by some into 6 or more genera.

Cornus sessilis Torr.
Habit: Shrub, small tree, < 5 m; herbage subglabrous. Stem: gray or yellow-brown. Leaf: blade 4.5--9 cm, generally obovate to elliptic, strigose abaxially (vein axils +- tomentose); petiole 5--10 mm. Inflorescence: umbel-like, sessile, few- to several-flowered; bracts 4, +- 1 cm, +- not showy, +- brown, generally with yellow margins, ephemeral; pedicel +- 1 cm, soft-white-hairy. Flower: +- yellow; sepals 0.5 mm; petals 3 mm; style 1 mm. Fruit: 1--1.5 cm, elliptic, green-white, then yellow, then red, then shiny purple-black.
Ecology: Streambanks; Elevation: < 1550 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CaR, n SN. Flowering Time: Mar--Apr
eFlora Treatment Author: James R. Shevock
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Citation for this treatment: James R. Shevock 2017. Cornus sessilis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 23, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 23, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Cornus sessilis:
NW, CaR, n SN.
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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