Jepson eFlora: Taxon page
Key to families | Table of families and genera
Previous taxon Index to accepted names and synonyms:
| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
Next taxon
Sorbus sitchensis var. grayi

Higher Taxonomy
Family: RosaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: ROSE FAMILY
Habit: Annual to tree, glandular or not. Leaf: simple to palmately or pinnately compound, generally alternate; stipules free to fused (0), persistent to deciduous. Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, cluster, or flowers 1; bractlets on pedicel ("pedicel bractlets") generally 0--3(many), subtended by bract or generally not. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium free or fused to ovary, saucer- to funnel-shaped, subtending bractlets ("hypanthium bractlets") 0--5, alternate sepals; sepals generally 5; petals generally 5, free; stamens (0,1)5--many, anther pollen sacs generally 2; pistils (0)1--many, simple or compound, ovary superior to inferior, styles 1--5. Fruit: 1--many per flower, achene (fleshy-coated or not), follicle, drupe, or pome with generally papery core, occasionally drupe-like with 1--5 stones. Seed: generally 1--5 (per fruit, not per flower).
Genera In Family: 110 genera, +- 3000 species: worldwide, especially temperate; many cultivated for ornamental, fruit, especially Cotoneaster, Fragaria, Malus, Prunus, Pyracantha, Rosa, Rubus. Note: Number of teeth is per leaf or leaflet, not per side of leaf or leaflet, except in Drymocallis.
eFlora Treatment Author: Daniel Potter & Barbara Ertter, family description, key to genera; treatment of genera by Daniel Potter, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Daniel Potter, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: SorbusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub, tree. Leaf: odd-1-pinnately compound [not], petioled, deciduous; leaflets generally toothed, terminal partly fused to uppermost lateral(s) or not. Inflorescence: panicle, many-flowered; pedicel bractlets 0. Flower: hypanthium bractlets 0, stamens generally 20; ovary generally inferior, chambers 1--5, styles 1--5, generally free. Fruit: pome, generally spheric, chambers 1--5, 1--2-seeded.
Species In Genus: +- 130 species: northern temperate, tropical Asia. Etymology: (Latin: ancient name) Note: Species intergrade.
eFlora Treatment Author: Peter F. Zika
Species: Sorbus sitchensisView Description 

Habit: Shrub 1--4 m; stem-buds 8--13 mm, glaucous, not shiny, not sticky, hairs evenly distributed, red-brown. Leaf: leaflets 7--13, 2--6 cm, 0.8--2.5 cm wide, ovate to oblong, dull adaxially, axillary hairs red-brown. Inflorescence: pedicels glabrous or +- red-brown-hairy. Flower: petals 3--5 mm, ovate to diamond-shaped. Fruit: 7--13 mm, red, glaucous. Seed: 3.5--5 mm, ovate to elliptic, +- flat, red-brown. Chromosomes: 2n=34,68.

Sorbus sitchensis var. grayi (Wenz.) C.L. Hitchc.
Leaf: lateral leaflets +- entire or toothed above middle. Flower: petals white or +- pink. Chromosomes: 2n=34.
Ecology: Ridgelines; Elevation: 1500--1700 m. Bioregional Distribution: c KR (w Siskiyou Co.); Distribution Outside California: to Alaska. Flowering Time: Jun--Sep
Synonyms: Sorbus occidentalis (S. Watson) Greene
eFlora Treatment Author: Peter F. Zika
Jepson Online Interchange

Previous taxon: Sorbus sitchensis
Next taxon: Sorbus sitchensis var. sitchensis

Name Search
botanical illustration including Sorbus sitchensis var. grayi


Citation for this treatment: Peter F. Zika 2016. Sorbus sitchensis var. grayi, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

Sorbus sitchensis var. grayi
click for enlargement
© 2015 Barry Breckling

More photos of Sorbus sitchensis var. grayi in CalPhotos

Geographic subdivisions for Sorbus sitchensis var. grayi:
c KR (w Siskiyou Co.);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. If the markers are obscured, reload the page [or change window size and reload]. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues.
map of distribution 1
(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).

View elevation by latitude chart
Data provided by the participants of the Consortium of California Herbaria.
View all CCH records

CCH collections by month

Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
Species do not include records of infraspecific taxa.
Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time.