Page author: David Giblin
Elliottia pyroliflora

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.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Nearly glabrous shrub 0.5-3 m. tall.


Leaves alternate, pale green, thin, deciduous, somewhat glaucous, oblanceolate, tipped with a sharp point, entire, 2-5 cm. long, nearly sessile.


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.


Capsule 5-valved, nearly globose, 4-7 mm. broad.

Accepted Name:
Elliottia pyroliflora (Bong.) Brim & P.F. Stevens
Publication: J. Arnold Arbor. 59: 336. 1978. 1978.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cladothamnus pyrolaeflorus Bong., orthographic variant [HC]
Cladothamnus pyroliflorus Bong. [HC]
Leiophyllum pyroliflorum (Bong.) Dippel
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Elliottia pyroliflora in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Elliottia pyroliflora checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Elliottia pyroliflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Elliottia pyroliflora photos.

USDA Plants: Elliottia pyroliflora information.

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