Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 84. Mentioned on page 83, 87, 104.

Shrubs, 1–3 m. Leaf blades: abaxial surface velvety puberulent, especially on veins. Capsules: valves smooth. 2n = 24.

Phenology: Flowering May–Aug.
Habitat: Open sites, rocky slopes, montane chaparral, conifer forests.
Elevation: 400–3400 m.


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Alta., B.C., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Oreg., S.Dak., Wash., Wyo.


Putative hybrids between var. velutinus and Ceanothus cordulatus, reported from the Klamath Mountains, the southern Cascade Range, and the Sierra Nevada, have been called C. ×lorenzenii (Jepson) McMinn. Putative hybrids between C. velutinus var. velutinus and C. prostratus (subg. Cerastes) and named C. ×rugosus Greene have been reported from northeastern California (H. McMinn 1944). Ceanothus ×rugosus, with spreading stems, opposite leaves, and wartlike, semipersistent stipules, is notable in being one of few intersubgeneric hybrids in Ceanothus.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Clifford L. Schmidt† +  and Dieter H. Wilken +
Douglas +
Alta. +, B.C. +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Nev. +, Oreg. +, S.Dak. +, Wash. +  and Wyo. +
400–3400 m. +
Open sites, rocky slopes, montane chaparral, conifer forests. +
Flowering May–Aug. +
in W. J. Hooker, Fl. Bor.-Amer. +
Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus +
Ceanothus velutinus +
variety +