General: Deciduous, low, erect shrub, 0.3-1 m tall, forming extensive colonies from rhizomes or by layering; stems dark grey, with shredding bark; twigs reddish-brown, short-hairy.
Leaves: Opposite, on stalks 3-10 mm long, elliptic or egg-shaped, mostly 2.5-8 cm long and 1.5-5 cm wide, entire or with a few blunt, irregular teeth; leaves often larger and more lobed on sterile shoots; glabrous above, hairy beneath at least along veins; similar to those of S. albus, but thicker and more leathery, and often pointed at the tip.
Flowers: Inflorescence of short, dense cluster of few to several flowers, stalked flowers at ends of twigs and in upper leaf axils; corollas bell-shaped, pale pink, tubular below, flaring above to 5 prominent, spreading lobes that equal or are a little longer than the tubes; styles 3-8 mm long, long-hairy near the middle or sometimes glabrous, equalling or slightly exceeding the corollas; anthers 1.5-2 mm long, shorter than the filaments.
Fruits: Berrylike drupes, clusters, white, nearly globose, 6-9 mm long; nutlets 2, each enclosing 1 seed.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. 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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