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Cassiope mertensiana (Bong.) G. Don, Gen. Hist. 3: 829. 1834
Andromeda Mertensiana Bong. M^m. Acad. St.-P^tersb. VI. 2: 152. 1831. Andromeda cupressina Hook. Fl. Bor. Am. 2: 38. 1834. Cassiope Mertensiana gracilis Piper, Smithson. Misc. Coll. 50: 195. 1908. Cassiope Mertensiana ciliolata Piper, Smithson. Misc. Coll. 50: 196. 1908. Cassiope Mertensiana californica Piper, Smithson. Misc. Coll. 50: 196. 1908.
Shrub mostly 1-3 dm. tall, with stout ascending branches; leaf -blades ovate to lanceolate in outline, 4-6 mm. long, obtuse, glabrous or minutely ciliolate, not grooved on the back, but keeled; pedicels many times as long as the leaves; calyx-lobes ovate, 2-3.5 mm. long, obtuse, entire or erose; corolla 4r-6 mm. long, the lobes ovate; stamens 2-2.5 mm. long; capsules obovoid to oval, 2.5-3.5 mm. long.
Type locality: Sitka. ^ ^ it
Distribution : Alaska to Montana, Nevada, and Calif orma. ^ , ^ ^ , tt i.
bibliographic citation
John Kunkel Small, NathanieI Lord Britton, Per Axel Rydberg, LeRoy Abrams. 1914. ERICALES, CLETHRACEAE, LENNOACEAE, PTROLACEAE, MONOTROPACEAE, ERICACEAE, UVA-URSI. North American flora. vol 29(1). New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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