Category Archives: Shrubs

Red Elderberry

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Since flowers and fruits usually do not occur concurrently, red elderberry is another plant to which Leonard and I will need to return in the fall to photograph fruits. Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) is a shrub or tree-like shrub that … Continue reading

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Davidson’s Penstemon

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There are over 50 Penstemon species, many of which are very difficult to identify.  (If you type “penstemon” into the CalFlora Website, over 100 different plants appear.) Davidson’s penstemon (Penstemon davidsonii) is a penstemon that, because of its form and … Continue reading

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Desert Peach

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In April and May Leonard and I searched unsuccessfully for desert peach (Prunus andersonii) at sites where they were reported to be near our home. In July, while hunting for malachite, azurite and crystocolla mineral specimens in the rock outcrops … Continue reading

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Thorn Skeletonweed

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Thorn skeletonweed (Pleiacanthus spinosus) belongs to a monotypic genus, that is, there is only only species in the genus. It is called a subshrub because, although it resembles a shrub, thorn skeletonweed does not produce woody tissue. A member of … Continue reading

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Toyon Flowers

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Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) is a native shrub endemic to California, although some say it occurs in extreme Southeast Oregon too. With its evergreen leaves and bright red berries that persist throughout the winter, H arbutifolia is also commonly called California … Continue reading

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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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