Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Mountains, where nearly extirpated)

Look for it in pocosins in the Coastal Plain, bogs in the Mountains, Chamaecyparis bogs, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Bisexual or functionally unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed urceolate corolla
10 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Chamaedaphne calyculata   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Chamaedaphne calyculata   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-14-001:
Cassandra calyculata   FAMILY Ericaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Leatherleaf, Cassandra


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image of Chamaedaphne calyculata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_chca2_001_lvd

        

image of Chamaedaphne calyculata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_chca2_003_lvd

        

image of Chamaedaphne calyculata

Will Stuart    wil_8602145639_92854995e8

March    Orange County    NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Leaves evergreen, both surfaces tawny and scurfy, the lower more so, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Chamaedaphne calyculata

Will Stuart    wil_8602448140_ff456720c9

March    Orange County    NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Flowers on an arching stem, solitary in the axils of previous year's leaves, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Chamaedaphne calyculata

Will Stuart    wil8602145639_92854995e8b

March    Orange County    NC

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Corolla lobes much shorter than tube; stigma slightly expanded, truncate, per Flora of North America.