General: Dwarf shrubs, 1-4 cm tall, forming rhizomatous mats; branches erect, flexible at base; twigs yellowish, smooth.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, narrowly elliptic to elliptic, 9-26 mm long, 3.8-7.5 mm wide, lower surface glaucous, smooth or sparsely long soft-hairy, hairs white, upper surface shiny, smooth or sparsely long soft-hairy, margins entire, bases and tips pointed; leaf stalks without glandular dots at top; stipules absent.
Flowers: Unisexual, lacking sepals and petals, borne in catkins which flower as leaves emerge, the catkins stout, on leafy twigs; floral bracts dark, hairs wavy or straight; stamens 2; ovaries 1, smooth or hairy; styles 0.3-1 mm long.
Fruits: Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 0-0.6 mm long.
Notes: A phase of this species with smooth ovaries has been named var. thompsonii Brayshaw.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2019. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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