Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont), primarily endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in pocosins, blackwater swamp forests, non-riverine swamp forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
White
Bisexual
5 sepals
5 petals
10 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):
Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY Cyrillaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY Clethraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 143-01-002a:
Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia   FAMILY Clethraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Coastal Sweet-pepperbush, Coastal White-alder


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_clal3_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_clal3_006_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160416_264

April    Lowndes County    GA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clethra_alnifolia_2

July        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clethra_alnifolia_3

July        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clethra_alnifolia_4b

July        

Pedicels 2-4mm, shortly stellate-hairy; bract shorter than flower, per Flora of North America.

image of Clethra alnifolia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clethra_alnifolia_4c

July        

Bright white flowers in showy terminal racemes beyond the uppermost leaves, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0308a_16

August    Williamsburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0508h_06b

August    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Small flowers with long stamens, a protruding style, and a spicy fragrance, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0508h_08b

August    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Fruit a hairy, spherical capsule within a persistent calyx, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0509a_25

September    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    s050902_g

September    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Leaves sharply toothed (on upper half of blade), w parallel lateral veins, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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