Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Big Shellbark Hickory, Kingnut Hickory
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Bark gray, scaly, with long strap-like plates, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.
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Leaf rachises may persist on twig into winter, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.
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Twigs sandy, buff, or orange-brown; terminal bud abruptly tapered, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
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Leaflets 7 (usually) to 9, lance-shaped to obovate, margins finely serrate, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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Husks about 1/4" thick, lacking wings; seeds edible and sweet, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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Fruits the largest of the genus (to 8cm long!). Husks 8-14mm thick, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.