Holodiscus discolor (Pursh) Maxim.
- Common Name: Ocean Spray
- Family: Rosaceae Juss.
- Country of Origin: western North America
- Habitat: openings and the forest understory at low to moderate elevation
- Description: Holodiscus discolor is a fast-growing deciduous shrub growing to 5 m tall. Its alternate leaves are small, 5–9 cm long and 4–7 cm broad, lobed, juicy green when new. Cascading clusters of white flowers drooping from the branches give the plant its two common names. The flowers have a faint sweet, sugary scent. It bears a small, hairy fruit containing one seed which is light enough to be dispersed by wind.2
- Uses: Historically the plant has been used for many purposes. The Lummi used the flowers as an antidiarrheal and the leaves as a poultice. Many other tribes used the wood and bark for making tools and furniture. Noted for the strength of its wood, it was often used for making digging sticks, spears, arrows, bows, harpoons and nails. The wood, like with many other plants, was often hardened with fire and was then polished using horsetail. Several Native tribes, such as the Stl'atl'imx, would steep the berries in boiling water to use as a treatment for diarrhea, smallpox, chickenpox and as a blood tonic.2
- Accession # 201900367
- Source: Plants of the Wild
- Accession Date: 08-10-2019
- Bench: 6001 - BPB:6000:Bench1
- Currently: active - healthy
- Qty: 2 confirmed on 12-19-2021
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- SubClass: eurosid I
- Order: Rosales
- Family: Rosaceae
- SubFamily: Amygdaloideae
- Tribe: Spiraeeae
- The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Last accessed on Saturday, 10 August, 2019.
- Wikipedia. Last accessed on Saturday, 10 August, 2019.
- Wikispecies. Last accessed on Saturday, 10 August, 2019.
- ARS-GRIN Taxonomy. Last accessed on Saturday, 10 August, 2019.
- BGCI Plant Search. Last accessed on Saturday, 10 August, 2019.
data regenerated on Mon, 06 Mar 2023 15:30:18 -0500 [bcm v4.0]