Adenostoma sparsifolium

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Adenostoma sparsifolium
Adenostoma sparsifolium.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Adenostoma
Species: A. sparsifolium
Binomial name
Adenostoma sparsifolium

Adenostoma sparsifolium, Redshanks or less commonly, Ribbonwood, is a multi-trunked tree or shrub native to dry slopes or chaparral of Southern California and northern Baja California.


Shaggy falling shanks or ribbons of bark are one of the strongest characteristics of the Adenostoma sparsifolium tree, hence the common names. Redshanks are closely related to the more abundant Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum).

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