Euonymus occidentalis Nutt. ex Torr. var. occidentalis
western wahoo
Celastraceae (Bittersweet family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Royal BC Museum     (Photo ID #2197)


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Distribution of Euonymus occidentalis var. occidentalis
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Species Information

Deciduous shrub; stems glabrous, grooved, 2-5 m tall.
Opposite, deciduous, leathery, oval to elliptic; leaf margins toothed, 5-10 cm long; stipules minute or lacking.
Capsules; seeds covered by a reddish-orange, fleshy outgrowth.
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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

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

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Euonymus occidentale var. occidentale Nutt. ex Torr., orth. var.