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Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. rotundifolius

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
Species: Symphoricarpos rotundifoliusView Description 

Habit: Plant 6--12 dm, stiff, puberulent. Stem: old bark shredding. Leaf: blade 8--20 mm, abaxially paler, more prominently veined. Inflorescence: flowers 1--2 in axils. Flower: calyx limb flaring, lobes deep, irregular, margin generally transparent; corolla 6--10 mm, narrowly bell-shaped, pink or white, +- hairy inside, lobes +- erect to +- spreading, +- 1/5--1/3 corolla; nectary glands 5, 1 below each corolla lobe; style glabrous. Fruit: 8--12 mm, ovoid. Seed: 4--6 mm.

Symphoricarpos rotundifolius A. Gray var. rotundifolius
Habit: Plant +- erect, 6--12 dm. Stem: branches not arched; twigs fine-puberulent. Flower: corolla 7--10 mm, tube inside hairy in middle 1/3, otherwise glabrous.
Ecology: Rocky or sandy slopes, open places in conifer forest; Elevation: 1200--3200 m. Bioregional Distribution: CaR, SN, GB; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, western Texas. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster
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Citation for this treatment: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster 2017. Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. rotundifolius, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 26, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 26, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. rotundifolius:
CaR, SN, GB;
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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