Vascular Plants - Celastraceae - Paxistima:
Paxistima myrsinites
Page Author: David Giblin
Oregon boxleaf 
Blooms: April-June
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Mid-elevations in the mountains, but coastal in the Puget Sound region.
Species Description:

General: Glabrous, evergreen shrub 2-6 dm. tall.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, leathery, glossy, oblong-lanceolate to oblanceolate, serrate, 1-3 cm. long.
Flowers: Inflorescence of few-flowered, axillary cymes; flowers 3-4 mm. broad; sepals 4; petals 4, maroon; stamens 4, borne at the outer edge of a flattened disk, the ovary sunken in the disk, 2-celled; filaments equaling the anthers; style and stigma 1.
Fruits: Capsule 3-4 mm. long, 1- or 2-seeded.
Accepted Name:
Paxistima myrsinites (Pursh) Raf.
Synonyms:
Ilex myrsinites Pursh
Myginda myrtifolia Nutt.
Oreophila myrtifolia (Nuttall) Torrey & A. Gray
Pachistima myrsinites Raf.
Paxistima myrsinites (Pursh) Rafinesque ssp. mexicana Navaro & W. H. Blackwell

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Pachistima myrsinites
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Paxistima myrsinites specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Paxistima myrsinites specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Paxistima myrsinites treatment.

E-Flora BC: Paxistima myrsinites atlas page.

CalPhotos: Paxistima myrsinites images.

USDA Plants Database: Paxistima myrsinites.
Additional photographs of Paxistima myrsinites:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Ben Legler, 2003

Ben Legler, 2003

Jim Riley

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

H. Tim Gladwin, 1989

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Tim Hagan, 2003

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

Rod Gilbert

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

Susan McDougall, 2014
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