Category Archives: Shrubs

Shasta Snow Wreath

In my last post (05-14-18 “Hidden in Plain Sight”) I introduced a shrub that was only “discovered”, described and named in 1992. As of 2017 there were only 33 known populations of Shasta snow wreath (Neviusia cliftonii), all located in … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plain Sight

In 1992 Leonard and I were excited by reports that a new species in the Rose Family was discovered on a limestone deposit in a canyon along CA Highway 299 near Ingot CA, which is not too distant from our … Continue reading

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Boxwood

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There are many colloquial names for boxwood (Pachystima myrsinites) including Oregon boxwood, myrtle boxwood, myrtlebush, mountain lover and falsebox. To further confuse, the genus name, Pachystima, is also spelled Paxistima and Pachistima in the literature. What a multitude of names … Continue reading

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Bush Poppy Fruits

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The fruits of bush poppies (Dendromecon rigida), which I discussed in my last post (Bush Poppy on 04-11-2018), are capsules. Last March at the Botanical Garden in Tilden Regional Park (Berkeley CA), the bush poppies (also commonly called tree poppies) … Continue reading

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Bush Poppy

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Bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida), also called a tree poppy, is a shrub native to California and Baja Mexico. Rarely growing to more than 10 feet in height, bush poppies inhabit chaparral and woodlands below 5,500 feet in the Coast Range … Continue reading

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Fremont Silk Tassel

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As I mentioned in my last post, Leonard and I spent the Easter weekend searching for a few previously elusive species. We found a greater sage-grouse (see “Greater Sage-grouse on 04-02-2018). Another “find” was Fremont silk tassel (Garrya fremontii). Fremont … Continue reading

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Oregon Myrtle Flowers

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Umbellularia californica is a tree or erect shrub with many common names. An evergreen, it grows in the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada of California and in the Southwest corner of Oregon. In Oregon, U. californica is usually referred to … Continue reading

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