Aliases: Sweetbush, Western Sweetshrub
Habitat: Wet areas in the foothills, peaking at about 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) elevation. You can find it in many places along Highway 140 in the Merced River Canyon.
Size: The flowers are big - up to four inches across - and so is the bush itself, which can reach more than 10 feet high.
Flowering Season: April - August
Lifespan: Perennial (shrub)
Calycanthus occidentalis etymology: Calycanthus derives from the Greek word for calyx, the collection of sepals on a flower (sepals are specialized leaves that encase the flower during the bud stage). Occidentalis comes from occidens, a Latin term meaning "region of the setting sun", and means "of the west" in the botany world.
This Photo: Along Highway 140 near the landslide detour, mid May