Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 1-3 m tall; stems more or less erect, unarmed, covered with round, yellow, crystalline glands; bark brownish.
Alternate, mapleleaf-shaped, 3-22 cm long, 3-24 cm wide, 5- to 7-lobed, the lobes cleft almost half their length, sparsely hairy to glabrous except for yellow glands; stalks from shorter to much longer than the blades, sparsely hairy.
Inflorescence of numerous flowers in a 10-30 cm long, ascending to erect raceme; flower stalks 5-12 mm long, jointed, subtended by 1-3 small bracteoles, the lower ones often leaflike; petals white, 0.5-0.8 mm long, fan-shaped with an oblong basal claw; hypanthium widely flared and deeply saucer-shaped, 1.2-1.5 mm long; calyces brownish-purple or greenish, rarely nearly white, the lobes narrowly egg-shaped to oblong-lanceolate, 3-4 mm long; styles glabrous or hairy, about equaling the stamens and petals.
Berries, nearly round, blue-black with a whitish bloom, 0.8-1.2 cm long, glandular.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BWBS(3), CDF(28), CWH(429), ESSF(20), ICH(15), IDF(8), MH(21), MS(10), PP(2), SBS(19)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013