Vascular Plants - Rhamnaceae - Ceanothus:
Ceanothus velutinus
Page Author: David Giblin
snowbrush ceanothus, greasewood, mountain balm 
Blooms: June-September
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 to California, east to South Dakota and Colorado.
Habitat: Moist to dry open forests, low to mid-elevations in the mountains.
Species Description:

General: Evergreen, heavy-scented shrub, the stems spreading, 0.5-2 m. tall, the young twigs mostly glabrous.
Leaves: Leaves alternate, the blades ovate-elliptic to ovate, thick, 5-10 cm. long, glabrous, glutinous-varnished and shining, often bronze-tinged on the upper surface, grayish beneath, strongly 3-veined from the base; stipules 1 mm. long; petioles 1-2 cm. long.
Flowers: Inflorescence of large, axillary, compound panicles; calyx 5-lobed; petals 5, long-clawed, hooded, creamy-white; stamens 5, opposite the petals, separated from the pistil by a flat, lobed disk, which also embeds the ovary; style 1, stigmas 3.
Fruits: Capsules 4-5 mm. long, deeply 3-lobed, crested slightly above the middle.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Ceanothus velutinus Dougl. ex Hook.
Synonyms:
(none)

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Ceanothus velutinus
Additional Resources:

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

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Ceanothus velutinus specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Ceanothus velutinus treatment.

E-Flora BC: Ceanothus velutinus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ceanothus velutinus images.

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

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Clayton J. Antieau, 1997

Clayton J. Antieau, 1984

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Jim Riley

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

H. Tim Gladwin, 1998

H. Tim Gladwin, 1982

H. Tim Gladwin, 1984

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

H.W. Buckingham, 1995

H.W. Buckingham, 1995

Richard Old

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

Craig Althen, 2010

Chris Wood, 2010

Chris Wood, 2010

Susan McDougall, 2004

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2010

Ron Bockelman, 2010

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2010

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Susan McDougall, 2014

Brian Luther, 2015

Gary Brill, 2015
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