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Leucothoe davisiae

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Family: EricaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, shrub, tree. Stem: bark often peeling distinctively. Leaf: simple or 0, generally cauline, alternate, opposite (whorled), evergreen or deciduous, often leathery, petioled or not; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme, panicle, cyme, or flowers 1, terminal or axillary, generally bracted; pedicel often with 2 bractlets. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial, bell-shaped, cylindric, or urn-shaped; sepals generally (0)4--5, generally free; petals generally (0)4--5, free or fused; stamens (2--5)8--10, free, filaments rarely appendaged, anthers dehiscing by pores or slits, awns 0 or 2(4), seemingly abaxial, reduced or elongate, generally curved; nectary generally present at ovary base, generally disk-like; ovary superior or inferior, chambers generally 1--5, placentas axile or parietal, ovules 1--many per chamber, style 1, stigma head- to funnel-like or lobed. Fruit: capsule, drupe, berry. Seed: generally many, winged or not.
Genera In Family: +- 100 genera, 3000 species: generally worldwide except deserts; some cultivated, especially Arbutus, Arctostaphylos, Rhododendron, Vaccinium. Note: Monophyletic only if Empetraceae included, as treated here. Ledum included in Rhododendron. Non-green plants obtain nutrition from green plants through fungal intermediates.
eFlora Treatment Author: Gary D. Wallace, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Gary D. Wallace, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: LeucothoeView Description 

Habit: Shrub, small tree, coarsely branched, non- and/or glandular-hairy. Stem: erect. Leaf: alternate, evergreen, serrate. Inflorescence: raceme, in fall, bracted; pedicel jointed to flower, bractlets 2, +- basal. Flower: sepals 5, fused at base; petals 5, fused, [cylindric to] urn-shaped; stamens 10, anthers dehiscing by pores, awns 4, [elongate to] vestigial, filaments +- straight, with hairs, papillae [or only papillae]; ovary superior, chambers 5, placentas axile, stigma truncate [or head-like/peltate]. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal, erect, persistent after seed dispersal, dehiscing tip to base. Seed: many per chamber, small, generally winged.
Species In Genus: 5 species: United States, Asia. Etymology: (Greek: name for a princess of Babylon)
eFlora Treatment Author: Walter S. Judd
Reference: Waselkov & Judd 2008 Brittonia 60:382--397

Leucothoe davisiae Torr. ex A. Gray
Stem: < 1.5 m. Leaf: 1.5--8 cm, oblong to elliptic or ovate, leathery. Inflorescence: in upper leaf axils, < 15 cm, many-flowered; pedicel recurved. Flower: corolla 5.5--8.5 mm, >> calyx, white. Fruit: < 6 mm wide, thin-walled.
Ecology: Uncommon. Bogs, wet areas; Elevation: 400--3000 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaRH, SNH, Wrn; Distribution Outside California: Oregon. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Walter S. Judd
Reference: Waselkov & Judd 2008 Brittonia 60:382--397
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Citation for this treatment: Walter S. Judd 2012, Leucothoe davisiae, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 17, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 17, 2017.

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Geographic subdivisions for Leucothoe davisiae:
KR, CaRH, SNH, Wrn;
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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