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Mountain Heather
Phyllodoce breweri

The leaves of Mountain Heather superficialy look like pine needles. They are actually normally formed leaf blades with the margins rolled downward and tightly appressed to the lower surface. A colorful umbel-like cluster of flowers terminates the short erect branches. The broad bell-shaped flowers are divided into five shallow lobes surrounding 10 stamens and a style that project beyond the corolla margin. The scientific name of this species honors William H. Brewer (1828-1910), geologist and botanist who led numerous field parties for the California State Geological Survey from 1860 to 1864.

DISTRIBUTION: Moist rocky subalpine slopes and meadows from the southern High Cascade and Sierra Nevada Ranges to the San Bernardino Mts.; 1200-3500 m.
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