Ceanothus maritimus

R. F. Hoover, Leafl. W. Bot. 7: 111. 1953

maritime ceanothus


Habit: shrubs to 3 dm tall.

Stems: prostrate to decumbent or ascending, rooting at nodes; twigs gray to red-brown, round, smooth to slightly ridged, glabrous, rigid.

Leaves: evergreen, opposite; not clustered; stipules thickened, persistent; petioles to 2 mm; blades narrowly to widely obovate or oblong, 0.8--2.0 x 0.4--1.2 cm bases cuneate, 1-veined, margins revolute, 2--6 toothed above middle, tips abruptly pointed, truncate, or notched, abaxially white-wooly, adaxially bright green, glabrous, plane.

Inflorescences: axillary, umbel-like, to 2 cm.

Flowers: light to deep blue.

Fruits: globose, 6 mm broad, smooth; horns erect, minute; valve crests 0.


Flowering: in early spring.

Habitat: chaparral [maritime], valley and foothill grassland on coastal hills, bluffs; below 150 m.

Range: Calif. [CCo, (Hearst Ranch, San Luis Obispo Co.)] View Distribution Map.

Other Information:

California Native Plant Society List: 1B; R-E-D Code: 3-2-3; State/Fed. Status: CR/C2 [M. W. Skinner and B. M. Pavlik 1994]

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This document was last updated: Sunday, 03-Mar-1996 22:16:29 PST