Adenostoma fasciculatum Hook. & Arn.
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Rosidae||Roses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more|
|Order||Rosales||Rose family and eight others|
|Family||Rosaceae||Includes apples, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns; many others|
|Genus||Adenostoma||From Greek aden, “gland,” and stoma, “mouth,” referring to five glands at the mouth of the sepals|
|Species||fasciculatum||Latin for “bundles,” because leaves are attached to the stem in groups called “fasicles”|
About plant names...
Chamise is native to California and northern Baja California.
Identification: This common densely branched woody shrub reaches as much as
13' (4 m) in height. Bark is gray-brown in color. The leaves are small, ⅛-⅜" (4-10 mm) long ×
¹/₃₂" (1 mm) wide, dark- or yellow-green, shiny, attached in fascicles, or tight clusters.
They are highly flammable, owing to
the presence of oils. (Despite this flammability, chamise recovers quickly after fires because its
crown regenerates from its base.) Flowers are small, white, with 5 petals, in cone-shaped groups up to 1½-4½" (4-12 cm) long.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
The USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
The Jepson Manual
Adenostoma fasciculatum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, California
≈ 2 × 1½" (5.9 × 3.9 cm)
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