Garrya buxifolia

A. Gray

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 7: 349. 1868.

Common names: Dwarf silktassel
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 553. Mentioned on page 550.

Shrubs 0.5–2(–3) m, branchlets moderately strigose-sericeous, glabrate. Leaves: blade green abaxially, bright to olive green adaxially, flat to concave-convex, ovate-elliptic or obovate-elliptic to suborbiculate, 1–5(–6.5) × 0.9–3.3 cm, length 1.3–2.3 times width, margins flat, smooth, apex rounded to obtuse, abaxial surface densely strigose-sericeous, hairs antrorsely appressed, adaxial surface glossy, glabrous. Aments: staminate 5–7 cm; pistillate compact, internodes to 1 mm, unbranched, pendulous, 3–9 cm; pistillate bracts connate proximally into deep cup, at least at proximal nodes each subtending 3 flowers, triangular to oblong-acuminate, differing in size and shape from leaves, strigose-sericeous. Berries 4–6 mm diam., glabrous or sparsely strigose near apex, not glaucous.

Phenology: Flowering Mar–Apr.
Habitat: Serpentine, chaparral, yellow-pine forests.
Elevation: 50–2200 m.


Garrya buxifolia occurs in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon. Its relatively narrow geographical range is essentially parapatric with that of G. flavescens where the two meet in northwestern California. Without observation of the diagnostic fruit vestiture, the green-glossy and completely glabrous adaxial leaf surfaces of G. buxifolia usually distinguish it.

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Lower Taxa