Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 10 taxa in the family Celastraceae, Bittersweet family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Bittersweet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Celastrus scandens   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Celastrus scandens   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Celastrus scandens 113-01-001   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in mesic forests

Rare in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Oriental Bittersweet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Celastrus orbiculatus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Celastrus orbiculatus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Celastrus orbiculatus 113-01-002   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in thickets, roadsides, forests

Common

Non-native: Asia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Canby's Mountain Lover, Ratstripper, Cliff-green
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Paxistima canbyi   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Paxistima canbyi   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Paxistima canbyi 113-02-001   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it on calcareous bluffs and cliffs (generally near the top of the cliffs or bluffs, rarely far below the crest), mostly on limestone and dolostone, but rarely on greenstone or shale

Waif (endemic to the Central Appalachians)

Native: north of the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Wahoo, Eastern Wahoo, Burning Bush
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Euonymus atropurpureus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Euonymus atropurpureus var. atropurpureus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Euonymus atropurpureus 113-03-001   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in bottomland forests, riverbanks, mostly on rich alluvial sediments, or on slopes over mafic or calcareous rocks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Hearts-a-bustin', Strawberry-bush
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Euonymus americanus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Euonymus americanus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Euonymus americanus 113-03-002   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in mesic to submesic forests

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Running Strawberry-bush, Trailing Strawberry Bush, Trailing Wahoo
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Euonymus obovatus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Euonymus obovatus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Euonymus obovatus 113-03-003   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in cove forests, northern hardwood forests, other mesic forests, esp in boulderfields, where it sometimes is quite abundant locally

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Winged Burning Bush, Winged Euonymus, Winged Wahoo
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Euonymus alatus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Euonymus alatus   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands

Rare in GA, NC, SC

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wintercreeper, Climbing Euonymus, Chinese Spindle-tree
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Euonymus fortunei   FAMILY: Celastraceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Euonymus fortunei var. radicans   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in bottomlands or swamps, upland suburban woodlands. Sometimes climbing into the canopy

Rare

Non-native: China

 


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camera icon Common Name: Japanese Spindletree, Japanese Euonymus
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Euonymus japonicus   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Euonymus japonicus   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, esp on barrier islands

Rare

Non-native: Japan

 


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camera icon Common Name: Holly-leaf Rhacoma, Christmasberry, Quailberry
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Crossopetalum ilicifolium   FAMILY: Celastraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Crossopetalum ilicifolium   FAMILY: Celastraceae

 

Look for it in disturbed, acid, peaty soil

Waif(s)

Native: subtropical Florida

 


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