Point Reyes ceanothus Rhamnaceae Ceanothus gloriosus
Leaf:Opposite, simple, and persistent, elliptical to nearly round, 3/4 to 2 inches long, thick and heavily toothed (holly-like), distinctly penniveined, dark green above and paler beneath.
Flower:Small, deep blue to purple, in large clusters along the branches on short, thick stalks, appearing in spring to early summer.
Fruit:Rounded capsules with 3 small apical horns, often sticky, 1/6 inch long, each capsule contains about 12 small, black shiny seeds.
Twig:Distinctly angled, green or reddish brown with a fine covering of hair.
Bark:Reddish brown and smooth when young, becoming gray-brown with age.
Form:Broadleaf evergreen ground cover, 1 to 3 feet tall, typically low spreading or mounded with arching branches that root adventitiously.