Vascular Plants - Garryaceae - Garrya:
Garrya fremontii
Page Author: David Giblin
bearbrush, Fremont's silk tassel 
Blooms: January-May
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Watch List

Distribution: Along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon; west side of the Cascades in Lane County, Oregon, south and west to the coastal ranges in California.
Habitat: Woodlands and chaparral, low to moderate elevations.
Species Description:

General: Evergreen shrub 1-3 m. tall, the young branches brownish-purple.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, the lower surface yellow-green, the blades entire, elliptic-ovate to elliptic-oblong, 4-8 cm. long, the petioles 7-14 mm. long.
Flowers: Plant dioecious; staminate flowers in 1-several axillary racemes, lax and drooping, unbranched, 3-9 cm. long; flowers in 3’s in cup-like bracts, composed of 4 elongate sepals and 4 alternate stamens; pistillate flowers in similar racemes but the bracts densely silky, composed of an inferior ovary, 2 sepals, and 2 spreading styles.
Fruits: Berry, purple, globose, 5-6 mm. thick.
Accepted Name:
Garrya fremontii Torr.
Synonyms:
Garrya fremontii Torr. var. laxa Eastw.

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Garrya fremontii
Additional Resources:

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

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Garrya fremontii specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Garrya fremontii treatment.

E-Flora BC: Garrya fremontii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Garrya fremontii images.

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

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 1988

G. D. Carr, 1988

G. D. Carr, 2008

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2015

G. D. Carr, 2015

G. D. Carr, 2015
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