Ceanothus confusus

 

J. T. Howell, Leafl. W. Bot. 2:160. 1939

 

Rincon Ridge ceanothus

 

Ceanothus divergens C. C. Parry ssp. confusus (J. T. Howell) L. Abrams

 

Description:

Habit: Shrubs to 0.6 m.

 

Stems: prostrate to low sprawling, rooting at nodes or not; twigs red-brown, round, smooth, +/- puberulent, flexible.

 

Leaves: evergreen, opposite; not clustered; stipules, corky, persistent; petioles +/- 1 mm.

 

Leaf blades oblanceolate, obovate to elliptic, 1.0--2.2 x 0.6--1.4 cm; bases usually cuneate, 1-veined, margins somewhat revolute, coarsely dentate , sharp teeth usually 3--5, above middle or at tip, tips obtuse, abaxially pale green, major veins usually pubescent, canescent between, adaxially usually bright green, +/- glabrous, plane.

 

Inflorescences: axillary, umbel-like, to 3.0 cm.

 

Flowers: light to deep blue, lavender, or purple.

 

Fruits: subglobose, +/- 5 mm broad, smooth, horns dorsal, erect to spreading, slender, not wrinkled; valve crests minute.

 

Cytology: 2 n = 24 (M. Nobs 1963)

 

Flowering: in early--late spring.

 

Habitat: dry, brushy slopes; below 1000 m.

 

Range: Calif. [s NCoR, Lake, Napa & Sonoma cos.]. Rare. View Distribution Map.

 

Other Information:

Calif. Native Plant Society List: 1B R-E-D Code: 3-3-3 State/Fed. Status: /C2. Threatened by development. [M. W. Skinner and B. M. Pavlik 1994] C.confusus apparently is closely related to C. divergens and C. purpureus . This complex is in need of study.

 

If you have any comments or information regarding this species, please send mail to Dr. Schmidt.

 

Selected Images:

 

Coming soon!

 

cnavbar.gif

This document was last updated: 3 March, 2004

cliffordschmidt@mac.com