Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Read more about Water Hickory at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Water Hickory, Bitter Pecan
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Note variation in husk thickness & dehiscence, and nut shape, size & sweetness.
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Bark smooth when young, becoming scaly, shredding into small plates, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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Leaves with 9-17 scythe-shaped leaflets, margins finely serrate, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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Fruit a nut, elliptical & flattened; husks 1/16" thick, with yellow scales, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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Buds brown or reddish-brown; twigs hairy only at apex, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
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Small brown slightly flattened nuts have grooved surfaces with a thin shell, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.