Ledum glandulosum
(Rusty Menziesia)
[Nutt.]

Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Family Description: Heath

Key Characteristics:
Also known as Smith Fool’s Huckleberry, Mock Azalea, Rusty-leaf or Rusty Menziesia.
leaves
flowers
fruit
  • deciduous, thin, brown pilose and glandular above, pale green & glandular-pubescent below, 3-6 cm long, ovate-elliptic to elliptic-obovate, crenate-serrulate margined, apex apiculate to rounded
  • 2-8 in terminal umbels on glandular pedicels;
  • calyx glandular-ciliate margined;
  • corolla urceolate, pinkish or yellowish-red, 6-9 mm long;
  • stamens with filaments globose to sparsely hairy at base, anthers dehiscing by terminal pores, without appendages
  • ovoid capsule about 8 mm long

General Description:
Deciduous, erect, slender shrubs, 2-3 meters tall with alternate, obovate, thin, oblong to obovate-elliptic leaves; fruit a capsule.

Distribution:
Alberta and British Columbia east to Wyoming, west to eastern Washington and Oregon, along Columbia River to Mount Hood and Mount Adams.

Habitat:
Found in moist woodlands and streambanks of mountains.

Other:
No human uses found.

Important State References:
No information available at this time
Photos and Information written by Dr. Karl E. Holte,© 2002