Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2489

Tree
Perennial
Usually dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it in deeply to shallowly flooded swamps. It's a small tree, sometimes very abundant (and nearly the only subcanopy species) as the understory in Taxodium-Nyssa swamps, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 5-11 leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Usually unisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
Synsepalous calyx, lobes obsolete or nearly so
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Samara

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Fraxinus caroliniana   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Fraxinus caroliniana   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 153-01-001:
Fraxinus caroliniana   FAMILY Oleaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Ash, Water Ash, Pop Ash


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_frca3_001_lvd

        

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Keith Bradley    kab_f_caroliniana_75176

March    Monroe County    FL

Everglades National Park

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfcaroliniana_biedler

Month Unknown        SC

Francis Biedler Forest

5-9 leaflets varying in size & shape, margins entire or irregularly toothed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Fraxinus caroliniana

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfcaroliniana_biedler1

Month Unknown        SC

Francis Biedler Forest

Body of samara flattened, winged the full length of the samara body, per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Fraxinus caroliniana

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfcaroliniana_biedler2

Month Unknown        SC

Francis Biedler Forest