OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Lyonia mariana   FAMILY Ericaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lyonia mariana   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Lyonia mariana

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 145-11-004:
Lyonia mariana   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Neopieris mariana

 

COMMON NAME:
Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush


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image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_lyma2_001_lvd

        

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_nema4_001_lvd

        

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

JK Marlow    jkm060423_087

April    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Corolla more than 5mm broad, usually white, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

JK Marlow    jkm060423_088

April    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Flower size alone (3/8-5/8" length) distinguishes this from other Lyonia, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

JK Marlow    jkm090516_146

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

JK Marlow    jkm090516_146b

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Broadly elliptic leaves ascending at 45 degrees, w bright pink axillary buds, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

JK Marlow    jkm090516_202

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Flowers subtended by conspicuous purplish-red 1/4-3/8" sepals, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

JK Marlow    jkm090516_206

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

Will Stuart    wil_lmariana_0868

May    Chesterfield County    NC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

A perennial, rhizomatous shrub forming loose colonies, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Lyonia mariana, Staggerbush, Large-flowered Fetterbush

Will Stuart    wil_lmariana_0868b

May    Chesterfield County    NC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Flowers in clusters from nodes of leafless branches, each at tip of an arching or drooping stalk, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Lyonia mariana   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lyonia mariana   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Lyonia mariana

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 145-11-004:
Lyonia mariana   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Neopieris mariana

 

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886

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont)

Habitat: pine flatwoods, savannas, pocosin-sandhill ecotones, less commonly in dry rocky woodlands in the lower Piedmont (especially with chestnut oak), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous or Semi-evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed urceolate corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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