Evergreen shrub; stems reddish-brown, 4-ridged or smooth, branches erect or prostrate, 0.2-1.0 m tall.
Opposite, oblong-lanceolate, lanceolate or oblanceolate, evergreen, 1-3 cm long, leathery, glossy, toothed, margins slightly rolled under.
Inflorescence of solitary or numerous, fragrant flowers in axillary leaf clusters all along the branches; petals 4, maroon, 3-4 mm wide; sepals 4.
Capsules egg-shaped, 3-4 mm long 1-2 seeded; seeds dark brown, covered by a thin, lacerate, white membrane.
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
|BAFA(2), CDF(19), CWH(235), ESSF(1459), ICH(3666), IDF(1123), MH(15), MS(909), PP(7), SBPS(26), SBS(464), SWB(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Pachystima myrsinites (Pursh) Raf. [orthographic variant]