Ansel Adams Wilderness, Garnet Lake, August 2011

  • Ledum glandulosum Nutt.
  • Western Labrador tea, Trapper's tea
  • Ericaceae (Heath Family)
  • Synonym(s): Ledum glandulosum var. californicum, Ledum groenlandicum ssp. glandulosum
  • USDA Symbol: LEGL
  • USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

It is a common shrub of western North America from British Columbia to California to Colorado, where it grows in moist areas such as bogs and marshes. This is an erect evergreen shrub exceeding a meter in maximum height with hairless bark along the stem and glandular or nonglandular hairs on the newer twigs. The leathery leaves are oval-shaped and up to about 3.5 centimeters long. They are fuzzy and glandular on the undersides. The inflorescences appear at the ends of branches. They are racemes of small white to cream or yellowish flowers with five rounded petals and 8 to 10 protruding stamens. The fruit is a capsule containing winged seeds. A number of Native American peoples boiled the leaves of this shrub to make tea.

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