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Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii

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.
Etymology: (Greek: to bear fruit together, berries borne in clusters)
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster
Unabridged Reference: Jones 1940 J Arnold Arbor 21:201 252
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. parishii (Rydb.) Dempster
Habit: Plant trailing, 3--6 dm. Stem: branches often arched, tips rooting; twigs generally +- straight-hairy. Flower: corolla 6--9 mm, tube inside sparsely hairy throughout.
Ecology: Slopes, ridges; Elevation: 1100--3300 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SNH, SW, SNE, DMtns; Distribution Outside California: New Mexico. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug Note: Difficult to distinguish from Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. rotundifolius in Mono Co.
Synonyms: Symphoricarpos parishii Rydb.
Jepson eFlora Author: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster
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Citation for this treatment: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster 2012, Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 18, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 18, 2024.

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s SNH, SW, SNE, DMtns
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