Kalmia polifolia Wangenh. - Bog Laurel


 

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Kalmia polifolia - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ericaceae

Habitat

Bogs.

Associates

 

Distribution

Northern NJ, west through MI, WI, and MN and north through most of Canada to AK. The USDA does not show this plant to be native to CA but Gleason & Cronquist do.

Morphology

Small evergreen shrub, to 1 m high. Leaves shiny, deep green above, white-hairy below, opposite, simple, entire, linear to lanceolate, to 4 cm long, margin revolute. Twigs 2-edged. Flowers pink to magenta, 1.6 cm across, in terminal corymbiform clusters. Fruit a brown, 5-parted, subglobose, dehiscent capsule.

Notes

Flowers May and June

Wetland indicator: Obligate

All parts of this plant are poisonous.

Bibliography

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY.

 

USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov).

National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

 


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