Plant: Shrub or small tree Leaves: 3-10 cm long, 1.5-6.2 cm wide, often yellowish, glabrous to evenly pubescent with appressed trichomes above, sparsely to densely pubescent below, the margin entire INFLORESCENCE: 2.5-6 cm long, dense, the rachis not or barely visible, the bracts near midpoint forming conspicuous cupules: those of staminate flowers broadly triangular to lance linear, 3-9 mm long, connate 50-75% of their length; bracts of pistillate flowers broadly triangular, lanceolate, or lanceolate to oblanceolate, 2.5-12 mm long, those near midpoint of inflorescence connate, 30-80% of their length; flowers 3 per bract Flowers: STAMINATE FLOWERS: perianth segments linear to elliptic; anthers 1.3-2.5 mm long. PISTILLATE FLOWERS: styles 2.5-5 mm long Fruit: FRUITS 7-9 mm diameter, densely pubescent, sometimes glabrescent with age, berry-like, globose, dark blue-black to whitish gray at maturity, becoming brittle when dry; SEEDS usually 2, subellipsoid, dark Misc: Desert scrub, chaparral, pine-oak forest; 800-2500 m (2700- 8200 ft); Mar-Jun REFERENCES: Puente, Raul, and Thomas F. Daniel. 2001. Garryaceae. J. Ariz. – Nev. Acad. Sci. Volume 33(1).