Range and habitat
Ceanothus leucodermis is a thorny shrub growing erect to heights approaching 4 meters.
Stems and leaves
The bark is gray-white, waxy, and somewhat hairy, especially when new.
The twigs harden into sharp-tipped thorns as they age.
The evergreen leaves are alternately arranged, oval in shape and up to about 4 centimeters long. The edges are smooth or lined with tiny glandular teeth. Leaves are covered with a delicate, white powdery coating that can be rubbed off.
Inflorescense and fruit
The inflorescence is a long, stalked cluster of flowers in shades of blue, lavender, or white.
The fruit is a sticky, three-lobed capsule about half a centimeter long.
Fruits do not have horns, as do some other members of this genus.
- Forest Service Fire Ecology
- Flowering Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains, Nancy Dale, 2nd Ed., 2000, p. 167
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