Characteristics Of Five San Gabriel Mountains Species Of Arctostaphylos: Leaves
Species color texture shape length width petiole length gabrielensis shiny, bright green sparsely puberulent, becoming glabrous [without hairs] elliptic to ovate 2-4 cm 1.5-2.5 cm 5-8 mm glandulosa ssp. glaucomollis dull light green, (± glaucous or grayish) puberulent elliptic to ovate 2-4.5 cm 1-2.5 cm 5-10 mm glauca dull, white-glaucous without hairs ovate to round 2.5-5 cm 2-4 cm 7-15 mm parryana shiny, bright green or becoming ± glaucous glabrous or sparsely puberulent ovate to elliptic 1.5-5 cm 1.5-2.5 cm 5-15 mm patula shiny, bright green without hairs ovate to round 2.5-6 cm 1.5-4 cm 7-15 mm
- All species have leaf surfaces alike on both sides.
- All are listed as "smooth", meaning not rough; but they all feel slightly rough to me!
- All species have leaves with wedge-shaped or rounded bases.
- CalFlora database for Arctostaphylos in Los Angeles County
- James C. Hickman, Editor, The Jepson Manual, 1993
- Philip A. Munz, A Flora of Southern California, 1974
- Philip V. Wells, The Manzanitas of California: Also of Mexico and the World, c2000
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