Shrubs of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Ericaceae
Kalmia angustifolia (Sheep-laurel)
Flower colorpink
Number of petals5
Petal statefused
Leaf persistenceevergreen
Leaf arrangementwhorled
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginentire
Leaf/leaflet shapelinear to oblong
Fruit typedry
Fruit colorbrown
Flowering datesmid June
Fruiting datesAugust
HabitatDry, open woods
LocalityAlong the telephone line near the Notch Visitor?s Center.
DescriptionThis species is a marginally evergreen shrub 1 - 3 feet tall. The leaves, produced in whorls of 3, are pale green above and whitish beneath. The dish-shaped pink flowers are produced in clusters along the branches. The anthers are tucked into small pockets on the petals and spring out when touched. The round fruit persist all winter.
CommentNot as common as K. latifolia, Mountain Laurel.
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