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Chamaebatia foliolosa (Mountain misery)
Reveal, James L.

Chamaebatia foliolosa

Chamaebatia foliolosa Benth.

Mountain Misery

Rosaceae (Rose Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Low, spreading shrub with pungent, sticky, fernlike leaves, often forms dense carpets.

Mountain Misery got its name from what many forest visitors consider to be an unpleasant combination of sticky leaves and a medicinal aroma. The shrub forms dense carpets in ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer stands in the Sierra, often covering extensive areas. Hikers walking through such tracts soon discover that the plantís black gum sticks to boots and clothing. The resin makes Mountain Misery highly flammable, and it is among the several Sierra shrubs that invade recently burned areas. Californiaís Miwok Indians, who called the plant Kit-kit-dizze, drank a tea steeped from the leaves as a cure for a number of ailments.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun


Native Distribution: West slope of Sierra Nevada, California; a related form occurs in extreme S. California and N. Baja California.
Native Habitat: Dry, open conifer forests.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Chamaebatia foliolosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chamaebatia foliolosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chamaebatia foliolosa


Record Modified: 2019-12-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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