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2. Chrysolepis sempervirens (Kellogg) Hjelmquist, Bot. Not. 113: 377. 1960.

Bush golden chinquapin, Sierra chinkapin

Castanea sempervirens Kellogg, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 1: 71. 1855; Castanopsis sempervirens (Kellogg) Dudley

Shrubs , rhizomatous-spreading, 0.2-1(-2.5) m. Bark gray or brown, thin, smooth. Twigs densely covered with tight, yellowish, peltate trichomes. Leaves: petiole 10-15 mm. Leaf blade oblong to oblanceolate, to 75 mm, margins entire, apex obtuse, occasionally somewhat acute; surfaces abaxially rusty or golden pubescent, often becoming glabrate and glaucous with age. Fruits: cupule yellowish, 20-60 mm thick, densely spiny, surface obscured; nut light brown, 8-13 mm, glabrous, completely enclosed by cupule until maturity.

Flowering summer (Jul-Aug). Rocky slopes, chaparral, conifer forest, mostly at high elevations; 0-3300 m; Calif., Oreg.


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