Purshia stansburyana

(Torrey) Henrickson

Phytologia 60: 468. 1986.

Common names: Cliffrose
Basionym: Cowania stansburyana Torrey in H. Stansbury, Exped. Great Salt Lake, 386, plate 3. 1852 (as stansburiana)
Synonyms: C. mexicana var. stansburyana (Torrey) Jepson Purshia mexicana var. stansburyana (Torrey) S. L. Welsh
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 9. Treatment on page 341. Mentioned on page 339, 342.

Shrubs, evergreen, 10–40(–75) dm. Stems: young-stem internodes 5–14 mm, sparsely hirtellous or glabrous, usually stipitate-glandular; short-shoot spurs simple or branched, 10–20(–40) × 1.2–2.7 mm. Leaves: blade dark green adaxially, obovate, (3–)7–12(–19) × (2–)3–8(–13) mm, irregularly lobed in distal 1/2, lobes (3–)5(–7), proximal 2 lobes ascending, oblong to spatulate, narrow, 2–6 mm, distal 3 lobes deflexed, reduced, margins strongly revolute, usually entire, rarely toothed proximally, apex rounded to truncate, abaxial surface white-villous, midvein greenish, glabrate, glandular-punctate, adaxial sparsely hirtellous or arachnoid villous, soon glabrate, ± glandular-punctate. Pedicels 2.5–4.5 mm. Flowers: hypanthium obconic, 4–6.5 × 1.5–3 mm, 3–5 mm diam. in fruit, arachnoid-villous to pubescent, usually stipitate-glandular; petals light to cream-yellow or -white, broadly obovate, 7–13(–15) mm; stamens (52–)60–90(–125); carpels (3–)4–7(–10). Achenes oblanceoloid, 6–8 × 1.8–2.2 mm, 12-ribbed, persistent style 35–59 mm, plumose hairs 1.4–2.2 mm. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–May(–Oct).
Habitat: Pinyon-juniper, Joshua tree, yellow pine woodlands, arid desert scrub, desert chaparral
Elevation: (1000–)1200–2200(–2600 m)


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Ariz., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Nev., N.Mex., Utah, Mexico (Baja California, Sonora).


Purshia stansburyana is vegetatively similar to P. tridentata var. glandulosa, the latter usually having thicker leaves with narrower abaxial grooves and apiculate apices. The two sometimes can only be distinguished by flowers or fruits.

Purshia stansburyana forms hybrids with P. tridentata vars. glandulosa and tridentata. The hybrids easily can be recognized by their 2–3(–5) carpels and achenes with styles 12–28 mm, among other characteristics (H. C. Stutz and L. K. Thomas 1963). Hybrids between P. stansburyana and P. tridentata var. glandulosa have been given the names Cowania mexicana var. dubia Brandegee and C. alba Goodding. Introgression with P. stansburyana occurs in two populations of P. subintegra.

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James Henrickson +
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Cliffrose +
Ariz. +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Nev. +, N.Mex. +, Utah +, Mexico (Baja California +  and Sonora). +
(1000–)1200–2200(–2600 m) +
Pinyon-juniper, Joshua tree, yellow pine woodlands, arid desert scrub, desert chaparral +
Flowering Apr–May(–Oct). +
C. mexicana var. stansburyana +  and Purshia mexicana var. stansburyana +
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