Distribution: Uncommon, west of the Cascades in southwestern Washington; British Columbia south to California.
Habitat: Moist woods.
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Straggling shrubs 2-5 m. tall, the branches glabrous and marked with fine, parallel lines.
Leaves opposite, deciduous, thin, oblong-lanceolate, serrate, acuminate, 5-10 cm. long.
Flowers in axillary, 3-flowered cymes on long, slender peduncles; sepals 5, united at the base, rounded; petals 5, about 5 mm. long, greenish- and purplish-mottled to purplish-red; stamens 5, attached to the edge of a flattened disk, the ovary sunken in the disk; anthers much longer than the filaments; style 1, very short.
Capsule 3-lobed, the seeds covered with a reddish-orange growth.