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34. Harrimanella Coville, Proc. Wash. Acad. Sci. 3: 570, figs. 62, 66. 1901.

Moss heather [For Edward H. Harriman, 1848-1909, American financier and patron of science] Moss heather [For Edward H. Harriman, 1848-1909, American financier and patron of science]

Gary D. Wallace

Subshrubs small; branches prostrate, spreading, or ascending, mat-forming. Leaves densely crowded on stems; petiole very short, leaving small pegs on stem when leaves fall off; blade linear-oblong to subulate, margins entire or erose, surfaces glabrous. Pedicels nodding in flower, erect in fruit, slender; bracteoles absent. Flowers: sepals distinct or connate basally, ovate to oblong-ovate; petals connate ca. 1/2 their lengths, white or tinged with pink, apex blunt; stamens not exserted; filaments swollen at base; anthers inverted at anthesis, with awns; ovary globose to ovoid; style ovoid or conic; stigma simple. Capsules borne on erect pedicels, globose to ovoid, dehiscent basipetally. x = 16.

Species 2 (2 in the flora): North America, n Europe, n Asia.

SELECTED REFERENCE Stevens, P. F. 1970. Calluna, Cassiope and Harrimanella: A taxonomic and evolutionary problem. New Phytol. 69: 1131-1148.


1 Leaves divergent, blade linear-oblong, apex obtuse to broadly acute; pedicels barely exceeding leaves at anthesis; capsules 4-5 mm diam..   1 Harrimanella stelleriana
+ Leaves loosely appressed, blade linear to subulate, apex acute; pedicels 3+ times longer than leaves at anthesis; capsules 2-3.5 mm diam..   2 Harrimanella hypnoides

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