Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Laurales
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Learn more about Litsea from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
The fine, zigzag twigs are distinctive. It grows to 6 m tall, characteristically forming a rounded multi-stemmed bush, per Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 084-03-001:
Litsea aestivalis FAMILY Lauraceae
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Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Habitat: Margins of limesink ponds and Carolina bays, less commonly in wet depressions and wet stringers dominated by shrubs, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
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6 deciduous tepals
9 (or 12) stamens
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 1st ed. (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p321
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p409
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast (Foote & Jones, 1989) p062
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p195
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