New Jersey Tea - Ceanothus herbaceus
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Known from one 1948 specimen collection with imprecise location data in Powder River County that noted a "few" plants. Subsequent surveys have not been able to relocate this species.
New Jersey Tea is a highly branched shrub with stems up to 1 m high. The alternate, lance-shaped to narrowly elliptic leaves are 2-6 cm long and have serrated edges; they are glabrous on top but hairy beneath. Numerous white flowers are born in congested, rounded inflorescences that terminate the growing branches. Each flower is ca. 2-3 mm high with 5 calyx lobes and 5 petals that have a linear basal portion and a hood-shaped blade. There are 5 stamens and a 3-lobed ovary. The fruit is a glossy, brown, 3-lobed, globose capsule that is 3-5 mm wide.
Flowering in June.
Eastern and central North America, west to MT, WY; collected in Powder River County 60 years ago (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Open pine forests of hills and plains.
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.