Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


815

Shrub
Perennial

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

Common, endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it on moist slopes, streambanks, ravines, often associated with Rhododendron maximum thickets, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Bisexual
5-merous
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed urceolate corolla
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary racemes, usually more than 15-flowered

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Leucothoe fontanesiana   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Leucothoe fontanesiana   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-12-002b:
Leucothoe axillaris var. editorum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Leucothoe editorum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Leucothoe catesbaei

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Doghobble, Switch-ivy


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_leca14_001_lvd

        

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Steve Marlow    snm079901_16

January    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Steve Marlow    snm079901_18

January    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Steve Marlow    snm079901_19

January    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    s050319_a

March    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Leaves alternate, shiny, leathery, long tapering at the tip, and toothed, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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Jim Fanning    jcf_doghobble3

April    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm150423_475

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Racemes 2-10 cm long, with 17-80 flowers, per Weakley's Flora.

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Keith Bradley    kab_l_fontanesiana_5389

April    Caldwell County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

White urn-shaped flowers in dense drooping clusters from leaf axils, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_fontan_ccc_1b

April    Stephens County    GA

Cedar Creek Canyon

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JK Marlow    jkm0206a_00

May    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Decidedly long acuminate leaves, petioles 8-15mm long, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

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JK Marlow    jkm0305r_05

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fruit a persistant capsule with many tiny seeds, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm0505h_18

May    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0106a_07

June    Transylvania County    NC

Flowers fragrant, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.