Philadelphus microphyllus var. madrensis

(Hemsley) Henrickson

J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 1: 901. 2007.

Common names: Montane mock orange
Basionym: Philadelphus madrensis Hemsley Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1908: 251. 1908
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 481. Mentioned on page 479.

Leaf blades (0.7–)1.6–3(–5.5) × (0.4–)0.7–1.3(–3.3) cm, herbaceous to coriaceous, margins usually entire, on larger leaves sometimes sparsely serrulate, abaxial surface whitish gray, sparsely to moderately sericeous, hairs appressed, loosely appressed, ascending, or chaotic, ± coarse, straight or wavy-curved hairs, 0.5–1.5 mm, infrequently more densely lanate with understory of more slender, wavy-curved, adaxial surface green, drying gray-green or brown (cuticle thick, smooth or mottled smooth and papillate), sparsely to moderately strigose-sericeous, hairs both appressed or loosely appressed, thick, 0.2–1 mm, and erect, 0.2–0.7 mm, or all erect. Inflorescences 1–3(–5)-flowered. Flowers 25–37 mm diam.; hypanthium and sepal abaxial surfaces moderately, often loosely, sericeous, hairs wavy, weakly appressed or erect to spreading, 0.4–1.2 mm, not obscuring epidermis; sepals (3.5–)5–8.5(–10) mm; petals 9–12(–16) × 6–11 mm; stamens 32–46+. Capsules globose-turbinate, 5–8 × 3.8–6.5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug; fruiting Jul–Nov.
Habitat: Oak, pine, and fir forests, open, rocky rhyolitic ridges.
Elevation: 1800–2700 m.


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Ariz., N.Mex., Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora).


Variety madrensis is primarily Mexican, centered in the Sierra Madre Occidental of Chihuahua, Durango, and Sonora, entering the United States in southeastern Arizona (Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County; Pinaleño Mountains, Graham County; Catalina Mountains, Pima County); and southwestern New Mexico (Burro Mountains). In populations within the floral area, over 90% have erect, sometimes chaotically oriented, hairs on the adaxial leaf surface, and in the Chiricahua Mountains, nearly half have erect hairs on the abaxial leaf surface, and some have chaotic hairs throughout leaves, hypanthia, and young stems. Some plants have a dense vestiture of loosely appressed elongate hairs (to 1.5 mm) on the abaxial leaf surface as in the type from Durango, Mexico. Plants in the higher mountains have relatively large, often weakly serrulate leaves, and typically flowers are in threes at stem tips (but only solitary in the Pinaleño Mountains). Some plants around Rucker Canyon and Fly Peak in the Chiricahua Mountains are vegetatively similar but have sericeous vestiture and may be considered introgressants with var. microphyllus. The characteristics of var. madrensis and the southern phase of var. microphyllus are mixed in plants found in the Rincon and Santa Rita Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Alan S. Weakley +  and James Henrickson +
(Hemsley) Henrickson +
Philadelphus madrensis +
Montane mock orange +
Ariz. +, N.Mex. +, Mexico (Chihuahua +, Durango +  and Sonora). +
1800–2700 m. +
Oak, pine, and fir forests, open, rocky rhyolitic ridges. +
Flowering Jun–Aug +  and fruiting Jul–Nov. +
J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas +
Philadelphus microphyllus var. madrensis +
Philadelphus microphyllus +
variety +