[Wildflowers with 5 Petals in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

The Buckthorn Family in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington


Deer Brush Ceanothus integerrimus

Members of the Buckthorn Family Found in the Columbia River Gorge:

Buckbrush: Ceanothus cuneatus var. cuneatus - Foliage opposite-leaved.

Deerbrush, Deer Brush: Ceanothus integerrimus (Synonyms: Ceanothus andersonii, Ceanothus californicus, Ceanothus integerrimus var. californicus, Ceanothus integerrimus var. macrothyrsus) - Leaves deciduous. Flowers white, lilac or powder blue. Upper leaf surfaces neither shiny nor sticky. Leaf margins entire and non-glandular.

Mahala Mat, Prostrate Ceanothus: Ceanothus prostratus (Synonyms: Ceanothus divergens ssp. occidentalis, Ceanothus prostratus var. laxus, Ceanothus prostratus ssp. prostratus) -

Buck Brush, Oregon Teatree, Oregon Tea Tree, Redstem Ceanothus: Ceanothus sanguineus - Leaves deciduous. Flowers white. Upper leaf surfaces not shiny and sticky. Leaf margins with minute, forward-pointing teeth that are glandular.

Snow Brush, Sticky Laurel, Tobacco Brush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus (Synonym: Ceanothus velutinus ssp. velutinus) - Leaves persistent all year long. Upper leaf surfaces shiny and sticky or gummy. Flowers white.

Cascara, Chittam, Chittam Bark, False Buckthorn: Rhamnus purshiana (Synonym: Frangula purshiana) - Leaves deciduous. Flowers greenish-yellow, the petals lacking or short-clawed.

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