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Euonymus occidentalis Nutt. ex Torr.
Western Strawberry-bush (western wahoo)
Celastraceae (Bittersweet family)

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SUBTAXA PRESENT IN BC
Euonymus occidentalis var. occidentalis

Species Information

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General:
Deciduous shrub; stems glabrous, grooved, 2-5 m tall.
Leaves:
Opposite, deciduous, leathery, oval to elliptic; leaf margins toothed, 5-10 cm long; stipules minute or lacking.
Fruits:
Capsules; seeds covered by a reddish-orange, fleshy outgrowth.
Notes:
The Tokyo (1994) edition of the International Botanical Code listed Euonymus as a nomenclaturally conserved name over the spelling 'Evonymus', which was originally used by Linnaeus.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic forests and thickets in the lowland and montane zones; rare in SW BC, known only from Courtenay, Vancouver Island; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Euonymus occidentale Nutt. ex Torr., orth. var.

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