Arctostaphylos glandulosa subsp. mollis

(J. E. Adams) P. V. Wells

Madroño 19: 205. 1968,.

Basionym: Arctostaphylos glandulosa var. mollis J. E. Adams J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 56: 50. 1940
Synonyms: Arctostaphylos glandulosa subsp. glaucomollis P. V. Wells
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 445. Mentioned on page 443.

Twigs short-hairy and with longer, white hairs, not glandular-hairy. Leaf blades bright green, shiny, base cuneate to rounded, surfaces smooth, glabrous. Inflorescences: immature inflorescence axis densely white-hairy; bracts densely white-hairy. Pedicels densely white-hairy. Ovaries densely white-hairy. Fruits slightly depressed-globose. Stones distinct.

Phenology: Flowering winter–early spring.
Habitat: interior chaparral
Elevation: 600-2000 m


Subspecies mollis is widespread throughout the Transverse Range. Plants in the western portion of the range have adaxial leaf surfaces somewhat lustrous and with substantially fewer stomata than the abaxial surface.

Although similar to Arctostaphylos ×campbelliae, J. E. Keeley et al. (2007) determined that subsp. mollis is more in the range of stomatal distribution in A. glandulosa than A. crustacea subsp. crustacea. The relationship between these two taxa merits further investigation.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

V. Thomas Parker +, Michael C. Vasey +  and Jon E. Keeley +
(J. E. Adams) P. V. Wells +
Arctostaphylos glandulosa var. mollis +
600-2000 m +
interior chaparral +
Flowering winter–early spring. +
Arctostaphylos glandulosa subsp. glaucomollis +
Arctostaphylos glandulosa subsp. mollis +
Arctostaphylos glandulosa +
subspecies +