Vascular Plants - Ericaceae - Elliottia:
Elliottia pyroliflora
Page Author: David Giblin
copperbush 
Blooms: June-July
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to Oregon.
Habitat: Moist forests and stream banks at mid- to high elevations in the mountains.
Species Description:

General: Nearly glabrous shrub 0.5-3 m. tall.
Leaves: Leaves alternate, pale green, thin, deciduous, somewhat glaucous, oblanceolate, tipped with a sharp point, entire, 2-5 cm. long, nearly sessile.
Flowers: Flowers single and terminal on short, axillary, leafy shoots; sepals nearly distinct, the 5 lobes linear-lanceolate, 7-10 mm. long; corolla rotate, the 5 petals distinct, oblong-elliptic, 10-15 mm. long, salmon or copper colored; stamens 10, the anthers without awns; style 1 cm. long, recurved; ovary superior.
Fruits: Capsule 5-valved, nearly globose, 4-7 mm. broad.
Accepted Name:
Elliottia pyroliflora (Bong.) S.W. Brim & P.F. Stevens
Synonyms:
Cladothamnus pyroliflorus Bong.
Leiophyllum pyroliflorum (Bongard) Dippel

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Cladothamnus pyroliflorus
Additional Resources:

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

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Elliottia pyroliflora specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Elliottia pyroliflora treatment.

E-Flora BC: Elliottia pyroliflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Elliottia pyroliflora images.

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

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Clayton J. Antieau, 1984

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

H. Tim Gladwin, 1985

Don Knoke, 2006

Tim Hagan, 2008

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Paul Slichter, 2009

Ben Legler, 2012

Ben Legler, 2012

Ben Legler, 2012

Ben Legler, 2012

Richard Olmstead, 2013

Richard Olmstead, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

Richard Ramsden, 2016

Richard Ramsden, 2016

Richard Ramsden, 2016
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