Garrya elliptica

Douglas ex Lindley

Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 20: plate 1686. 1834. 1834

Common names: Wavy-leaf silktassel
Endemic
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 552. Mentioned on page 549, 550.

Shrubs or trees 2–7 m, branchlets short-villous. Leaves: blade grayish to silvery white abaxially, green adaxially, flat to concave-convex, usually elliptic, sometimes oval to ovate-lanceolate, (2–)6–10(–12) × 1.4–7.2 cm, length 1.2–2.6 times width, margins ± undulate, often revolute and appearing crenate or dentate, smooth, apex rounded to obtuse, abaxial surface usually densely, sometimes becoming sparsely, closely tomentose, hairs curled or crisped, interwoven, adaxial surface glossy, glabrous. Aments: staminate 8–15 cm; pistillate compact, internodes to 1 mm, unbranched, pendulous, 8–15 cm; pistillate bracts connate proximally into deep cup, at least at proximal nodes each subtending 3 flowers, ovate-triangular, differing in size and shape from leaves, densely silky-villous. Berries 7–11 mm diam., densely tomentose, glabrescent, not glaucous. 2n = 22.


Phenology: Flowering (Dec–)Jan–Mar.
Habitat: Sea cliffs, sand dunes and hills, sandy riverbanks, gravelly sand, chaparral, closed-cone pine forests.
Elevation: 0–900(–1600) m.

Discussion

As noted by T. F. Daniel (1993), the fruiting aments of Garrya elliptica are wider (18–28 mm) than those of G. veatchii (13–18 mm); apparent intermediates between the two have been noted in closed-cone pine forests in San Luis Obispo County (F. Hrusa, pers. comm.). In their area of sympatry they differ in habitat.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

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Guy L. Nesom +
Douglas ex Lindley +
Wavy-leaf silktassel +
Calif. +  and Oreg. +
0–900(–1600) m. +
Sea cliffs, sand dunes and hills, sandy riverbanks, gravelly sand, chaparral, closed-cone pine forests. +
Flowering (Dec–)Jan–Mar. +
Edwards’s Bot. Reg. +
Garrya elliptica +
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