Until 2016, two subspecies of this taxon were recognized in BC: ssp. ferruginea and ssp. glabella. Illustrations still reflect the former taxonomy.
Erect to spreading, straggly shrub; stems 0.5-2 m tall, somewhat skunky odour when crushed, finely hairy, hairs somewhat glandular and rusty-coloured; older branches with loosely shredding bark, often glabrous.
Deciduous, alternate, clustered at stem tips, thin, elliptic to broadly egg-shaped, 1-6 cm long, 0.3-2 cm wide, glandular-hairy on both surfaces, pale beneath, margins fine-toothed and fringed; stalks
In (1) 2- to 10-flowered clusters, terminal on shoots of previous year; flower stalks 0.7-3.5 cm long, short-hairy to conspicuously glandular-hairy, curved downward in flower, erect in fruit; corollas salmon to greenish-orange, urn-shaped, 4-lobed, 6-9 mm long; calyces saucer-shaped, indistinctly 4-lobed, 1 mm long or less, glandular-hairy along margins; stamens glabrous to sparsely hairy near the base.
Capsules, egg-shaped to lance egg-shaped, 5-7 mm long.
Two infraspecific entities are generally recognized.
1. Leaves pointed, with glandular hairs; calyces glandular-hairy on margins; ovaries glandular-hairy..................ssp. ferruginea
1. Leaves more than pointed, minutely-hairy on both sides, less conspicuously long-hairy above and less glandular below; calyces usually finely hairy as well as glandular hairy on margins; ovaries finely- and glandular-hairy..................ssp. glabella (A. Gray) Calder & Taylor.
||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
|AT(9), BWBS(4), CDF(1), CMA(1), CWH(2692), ESSF(2063), ICH(1344), IDF(32), MH(399), MS(409), PP(1), SBPS(2), SBS(201)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Menziesia ferruginea subsp. glabella (A. Gray) Calder & Roy L. Taylor
Menziesia ferruginea var. glabella (A. Gray) M. Peck
Menziesia glabella A. Gray