Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3572

Shrub
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Uncommon

Look for it in pocosins, swamps, streambanks, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/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 tomentosa   FAMILY Cyrillaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY Clethraceae

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

 

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


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picture of Clethra alnifolia var. tomentosa, image of Clethra tomentosa

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

        

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. tomentosa, image of Clethra tomentosa

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

        

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. tomentosa, image of Clethra tomentosa

Sam Pratt    sbp_081413_1910

August    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

If recognized at varietal rank, the correct name is var. pubescens, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. tomentosa, image of Clethra tomentosa

Sam Pratt    sbp_081413_1910b

August    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, densely tomentose beneath, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Clethra and Itea

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. tomentosa, image of Clethra tomentosa

Sam Pratt    sbp_2092

October    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Stamens and stigmas long-exserted, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.