Ceanothus megacarpus

T. Nuttall, N. Amer. sylv. 2: 46. 1846

bigpod ceanothus

Ceanothus macrocarpus T. Nuttall ex J. Torrey & A. Gray;C. megacarpus var. pendulus H. McMinn


Habit: Shrubs to 4.0 m.

Stems: erect, branches long and slender or whip-like and pendulous, not rooting at nodes; twigs gray to red-brown, round, smooth, +/- tomentose, flexible.

Leaves: evergreen; alternate; not clustered; stipules thickened, warty persistent; petioles 2--3 mm; blades cuneate-obovate to obovate, 1.0--2.5 x 0.6--1.3 cm, bases cuneate, 1-veined, margins +/- revolute, entire, tips truncate, usuall y notched, abaxially gray green, microscopically canescent between veins, adaxially, dull-green, glabrous, plane.

Inflorescences: axillary, umbel-like, to 1.3 cm.

Flowers: white or pale lavender, dark centers formed by disks and ovaries..

Fruits: globose, 8-12 mm broad, sticky, horns lateral or dorsal; valve crests 0.

Cytology: n = 12 [M.A. Nobs 1963]

Flowering: in early to late spring

Habitat: dry, brushy slopes, canyons near coast; below 750 m.

Range: Calif. [CCo, SCoRO, ChI]. View Distribution Map.

Other Information:

Shrubs with whiplike, +/- pendent branches, (Santa Barbara, Ventura cos.) have been called var. pendulus McMinn.

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This document was last updated: Sunday, 03-Mar-1996 22:19:05 PST