Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
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 Fringetree at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Fringetree, Grancy Graybeard, Old Man's Beard, Grandsir-graybeard
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Gill Newberry gn04_chioanthus_flowers
Four sepals, each 1-2mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
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April Greenville County SC
A traditional southern yard plant, often used as a "specimen plant", per Weakley's Flora.
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April Pickens County SC
Nine Times Forest
Petioles narrowly winged, maroon or blackish purple, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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The flowers have unmistakable, creamy-white, 0.75-1.25" strap-shaped petals, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.
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May Crawford County GA
Each panicle w tripartite branching & sometimes pairs of small leafy bracts, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.
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Large drooping clusters of small fragrant flowers with 4 linear white petals, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.
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August Transylvania County NC
DuPont State Forest
Pistillate plants produce oval, purplish drupes to 2cm long, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
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September Greenville County SC
Leaves elliptic or obovate, leaf base cuneate to attenuate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
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November Greenville County SC
Bark is gray, mostly smooth, but marked by numerous raised lenticels, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.
Dioecious or polygamous
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Look for it in dry, mesic, or wet forests & woodlands, granitic flatrocks & domes, glades & barrens over various rocks (including granite, greenstone, etc.), swamp forests in the Coastal Plain, rarely pocosins, per Weakley's Flora
Bisexual or functionally unisexual
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers p147
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South p064
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee p283
- Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers p048
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p200
- Landscaping with Native Trees p085
- Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants p043
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast p120
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p248
- Guide to the Plants of Granite Outcrops p28
- Southern Appalachian Wildflowers p049
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p095
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry p146
- Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition p145
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition p194
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p276
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p19
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p234
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p102
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region p246