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1b. Comarostaphylis diversifolia (Parry) Greene subsp. planifolia (Jepson) G. D. Wallace, Aliso. 9: 191. 1978.

Comarostaphylis diversifolia var. planifolia Jepson, Fl. Calif. 3: 29. 1939

Leaf blades broadly elliptic to obovate or broadly ovate, 3-9 × 1-3.5 cm, margins usually plane. Inflorescences 6-14 cm, gray-tomentose, without glandular hairs; floral bracts lanceolate-ovate to oblong-ovate, navicular, 3-10 mm. Pedicels 5-20 mm. Sepals eglandular.

Flowering (Jan-)Mar-Jul; fruiting (Apr-)May-Sep(-Oct). Chaparral, oak woodlands, closed-cone pine forests with Arbutus menziesii, Arctostaphylos insularis, Ceanothus sp., Cercocarpus sp., Heteromelesarbutifolia, Pinusmuricata, P. remorata, Prunus sp., Quercusagrifolia, Q. dumosa, and Rhusintegrifolia; 0-600 m; Calif.

Subspecies planifolia is the northernmost taxon in the genus, endemic to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties. It is found on the Channel Islands of Santa Catalina, Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa, and on the mainland in the coastal Santa Monica and Santa Ynez mountains.


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