Phyllodoce aleutica

(Sprengel) A. Heller

Muhlenbergia 1: 1. 1900 ,.

Common names: Aleutian mountain heather
Basionym: Menziesia aleutica Sprengel Syst. Veg. 2: 202. 1825
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 476. Mentioned on page 477, 478.
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Plants ascending or erect, branched, 1–2.5 dm; young branches glandular, older branches glabrous. Leaves spreading, not imbricate; blade linear, 4–12 × 1–1.1 mm, margins serrulate, surfaces often glandular. Inflorescences umbellate or corymbiform, 1–14-flowered. Pedicels 10 mm, glandular; bracteoles 2. Flowers nodding; sepals linear to linear-lanceolate, 2.5–3.5 mm, margins ciliate, glandular-hairy abaxially; corolla yellow or yellowish green, urceolate, constricted at mouth, 5–8 mm, glabrous, lobes reflexed, ca. 1 mm; stamens 9–10, included; filaments 1.5–2 mm, glabrous; anthers brown on drying, 0.3–0.5 mm; ovary globose, 1.5–2 mm, glandular-hairy; style included, 2–3 mm. Capsules 5-valved, broadly ovoid, 3–4 × 2.5–3.5 mm, glandular-hairy.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Tundra heaths and snowbanks
Elevation: 0-1700 m


E. Hultén (1941–1950, vol. 8) reported hybrids between Phyllodoce aleutica and P. caerulea from the Aleutian Islands, and between P. aleutica and P. granduliflora from the Alaska mainland.

Selected References


Lower Taxa