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Kalmia microphylla (Hook.) A. Heller
alpine laurel

General Information
Symbol: KAMI
Group: Dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub
Native Status: AK   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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William & Wilma Follette. USDA NRCS. 1992. Western wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. West Region, Sacramento. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.

©Susan McDougall. Trees Live Here. United States, WA, Mount Adams, Babyshoe Meadow, 1295 m. June 25, 2004. Usage Requirements.

©Susan McDougall. Trees Live Here. United States, WA, Mount Adams, Babyshoe Meadow, 1295 m. July 28, 2005. Usage Requirements.

©Lindsey Koepke. United States, WA, Pierce Co., Mount Rainier National Park, Mist Park. August 24, 2005. Usage Requirements.

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
KAMIO Kalmia microphylla (Hook.) A. Heller ssp. occidentalis (Small) Roy L. Taylor & MacBryde
KAMIO2 Kalmia microphylla (Hook.) A. Heller var. occidentalis (Small) Ebinger
KAOC Kalmia occidentalis Small
KAPOM3 Kalmia polifolia Wangenh. ssp. microphylla (Hook.) Calder & Roy L. Taylor
KAPOO Kalmia polifolia Wangenh. ssp. occidentalis (Small) Abrams
KAPOM2 Kalmia polifolia Wangenh. var. microphylla (Hook.) Rehder


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Ericales
Family Ericaceae – Heath family
Genus Kalmia L. – laurel
Species Kalmia microphylla (Hook.) A. Heller – alpine laurel

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Alaska OBL
Arid West OBL
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast OBL



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

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