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Symphoricarpos mollis

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CaprifoliaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Subshrub to small tree or vine. Leaf: opposite, simple or compound; stipules generally 0. Flower: calyx tube fused to ovary, limb generally 5-lobed; corolla radial or bilateral, rotate to cylindric, generally 5-lobed; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes; ovary inferior, 1--5-chambered, style 1. Fruit: berry, drupe.
Genera In Family: 5 genera, 220 species: especially northern temperate. Note: Linnaea moved to Linnaeaceae; Sambucus and Viburnum to Adoxaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell, family description, key to genera
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: SymphoricarposView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub. Stem: decumbent to erect, slender. Leaf: simple, deciduous, short-petioled; blade generally elliptic to round, some often +- lobed. Inflorescence: generally raceme, generally +- terminal, generally few-flowered; flower subtended by 2 fused bractlets. Flower: +- radial; hypanthium +- spheric; calyx with 5-toothed, persistent limb; corolla bell-shaped to +- salverform, generally 5-lobed, white or pink, often +- hairy inside; nectary glands [1]5, +- basal; stamens generally included; ovary chambers 4, styles generally included, stigma head-shaped. Fruit: drupe, generally berry-like, white to pink. Seed: 2 (1 per lateral ovary chamber), +- oblong, planoconvex.
Species In Genus: +- 10 species: North America, 1 in China. Etymology: (Greek: to bear fruit together, berries borne in clusters)
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster

Symphoricarpos mollis Nutt.
Habit: Plant sprawling, 1.5--6 dm, +- glabrous to soft-hairy. Stem: branches often rooting; root-crowns, old nodes often becoming swollen. Leaf: blade 0.5--3 cm. Inflorescence: flowers 2--8. Flower: calyx limb spreading, divided 1/2; corolla +- 4 mm, bell-shaped, pink, often red outside, lobes +- erect, 1/2 corolla, hairy inside; nectary glands 5, 1 below each corolla lobe. Fruit: +- 8 mm, round. Seed: 2--4 mm.
Ecology: Ridges, slopes, open places in woodland; Elevation: 9--3000 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CaR, SN, CW, SW, MP; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Idaho, New Mexico. Flowering Time: Apr--May
Synonyms: Symphoricarpos acutus (A. Gray) Dieck; Symphoricarpos hesperius G.N. Jones
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster
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Citation for this treatment: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster 2016. Symphoricarpos mollis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 02, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 02, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Symphoricarpos mollis:
NW, CaR, SN, CW, SW, MP;
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