Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


817

Shrub
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains

Look for it in swamps, pocosins, streambanks, and other wet places, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate
Petioles 1-3mm long

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
5-lobed campanulate calyx
5-lobed urceolate corolla
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary, fascicled or solitary racemes on previous year's wood

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Eubotrys racemosus   FAMILY Ericaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Eubotrys racemosa   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-12-004:
Leucothoe racemosa   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Leucothoe racemosa

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Eubotrys racemosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Coastal Fetterbush, Swamp Sweetbells, Swamp Leucothoe


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picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_eura5_001_lvd

        

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_lera4_002_lvd

        

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

JK Marlow    jkm160416_254

April    Lowndes County    GA

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

Will Stuart    wil_5644552261_9f5594ae08

April    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Straight compared to E recurva, but still wonderful arching arrays of blooms. — Will Stuart

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1797

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1798

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1802

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1826

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1830

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

Leaves elliptic to ovate, 3-9cm long, glabrate, margins sharp-toothed, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

Will Stuart    wil_8703647233_66476d23e8

May    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Racemes erect or ascending, secund, straight, 3-5cm, per Flora of North America.

picture of Leucothoe racemosa, image of Eubotrys racemosus

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmeracemosa_wheeler2

Month Unknown    Wheeler County    GA

Calyx campanulate, sepals lanceolate, 2-3mm, apex acute, per Flora of North America.