Vascular Plants - Rosaceae - Spiraea:
Spiraea lucida
Page Authors: David Giblin, Maria Yousoufian
white spirea, shinyleaf spirea 
Blooms: June-August
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon, east to Saskatchewan and Wyoming.
Habitat: Stream banks and open to wooded areas, sea level to high elevations in the mountains.
Species Description:

General: Deciduous, nearly glabrous shrubs from strong rhizomes, the stems 2.5-6 dm. tall.
Leaves: Leaves alternate, ovate-oblong to obovate, 2-7 cm. long, coarsely and usually doubly serrate, dark green on the upper surface, paler on the lower.
Flowers: Inflorescence a flat-topped raceme 3-8 cm. broad; calyx glabrous, the tubular portion hemispheric, 1-1.5 mm. wide, the 5 lobes triangular; petals 5, dull white, often with a pinkish tinge, 2 mm. long; stamens 25-50; pistils 5, distinct, 1.5-2 mm. long.
Fruit: Follicles 3 mm. long, somewhat leathery, mostly glabrous.
Accepted Name:
Spiraea lucida Dougl. ex Greene
Synonyms:
Spiraea betulifolia Pallas ssp. lucida (Dougl. ex Greene) Taylor & MacBryde
Spiraea betulifolia Pallas var. lucida (Dougl. ex Greene) C.L. Hitchc.
Spiraea corymbosa Raf.

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Spiraea betulifolia
Additional Resources:

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

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Spiraea lucida specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Spiraea lucida treatment.

E-Flora BC: Spiraea lucida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Spiraea lucida images.

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

Clayton J. Antieau, 1988

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

H. Tim Gladwin, 1999

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Tim Hagan, 2007

G. D. Carr, 1985

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

Clayton J. Antieau, 2007

Paul Slichter, 2005

Ron Bockelman, 2010

Ron Bockelman, 2010

Ron Bockelman, 2010

Susan McDougall, 2013

Chris Wood, 2014
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