Philadelphus madrensis Hemsl.
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Philadelphus madrensis image
John Grimshaw  
Martin and Hutchins 1980
Common Name: desert mountain mock orange Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Shrub General: Erect shrub with strigose villous twigs that have yellowish-brown hairs. Leaves: Opposite, ovate, 10-35 mm long, rounded at base, acute at apex, strigose villous and hirsute above, densely white villous beneath, the hairs erect. Flowers: Solitary or 3 in a cluster, the hypanthium and calyx densely white strigose, the sepals ovate and 4 mm long, acuminate at apex, the corolla disciform, the petals ovate-suborbicular, 10 mm long, 8 mm wide, rounded at apex. Fruits: Subglobose capsules, 5 mm in diameter. Ecology: Found on rocky slopes often in wooded areas from 6,000-7,500 ft (1829-2286 m); flowers June-September. Distribution: Ranges across very southern Arizona and New Mexico south into Mexico into the Sierra Madres. Notes: Distinguished generally from other species by the more ovate leaves and the far more densely white villous hairs on the underside of the leaves. Ethnobotany: Specific use of the species uknown, however the genus Philadelphus was widely used to make spear tips and arrows. Etymology: Philadelphus is a Greek-derived name after Ptolemy Philadelphus, Greek King of Egypt 309-247 BC, and madrensis, referring refers to the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico. Synonyms: None Editor: SBuckley, 2011