Little-leaf Buckbrush
(Sandflat Ceanothus - Little Leaf White Thorn)
Ceanothus microphyllus
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn) Family

Buckbush is a small upright woody plant or shrub. The stems are decumbent to ascending but do not root at the nodes. The twigs are reddish-green or yellow, round, viscid or not, occasionally fissured, finely hairy, occasionally rough but flexible. Its preferred habitat is sandhills, scrub oak, and pinelands of the coastal plain. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.

The leaves are deciduous, alternate on the stem and clustered. the stipules are thin, with short petioles. The blades are elliptical to elliptic-ovate or obovate; thickened, bases cuneate, three-veined. The margins are not turned under and may have several glandular teeth or not. The tips are rounded or obtuse, pale green in color, hairy on the veins, smooth.

The flowers are axillary or terminal, umbel-like clusters; white in color. Flowers occur in late spring and early summer. Following summer rains, the plant may repeat a bloom cycle.

Fruits is a smooth round capsule.

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