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Southern Mountain Misery
Chamaebatia australis
About Southern Mountain Misery (Chamaebatia australis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Chamaebatia australis is a species of aromatic evergreen shrub in the rose family known by the common names southern mountain misery and southern bearclover. This uncommon shrub is native to the chaparral slopes of southern California and northern Baja California. It has very dark bark, and is covered in a foliage of 2-pinnate leaves, meaning leaves which are made up of small leaflets which are further divided themselves into tiny leaflets, giving the foliage a fernlike appearance. Each leaf is a gland-dotted frond of 3 to 8 centimeters in length. The flowers are roselike with small rounded white petals and yellow centers filled with many stamens. The fruit is a leathery achene.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

10 ft tall


Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Common uses
Common uses

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes, usually north facing

Annual Precipitation: 11.0" - 59.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.23" - 2.54", Coldest Month: 40.8" - 53.9", Hottest Month: 66.1" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.98" - 25.25", Elevation: 211" - 6521"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Southern Bearclover

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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