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This is a lonely species taxonomically, being the only member of its genus, and geographically, being found in the wild at only seven sites in Fresno and Madera counties in California. It grows up to ten feet tall with flaky bark on older stems. The evergreen leaves are lance-shaped, glossy green above, blue-green to whitish and downy beneath. The large anemone-like flowers are pure white clustered with yellow stamens. It is closely related to Philadelphus, the mock oranges. Plant in dry soils.
Chaparral between 340 and 1340 m.