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 3 taxa in the family Clethraceae, Heath family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Mountain Sweet-pepperbush, Cinnamonbark, Cinnamon Clethra, Mountain White-alder
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Clethra acuminata   FAMILY: Clethraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Clethra acuminata   FAMILY: Clethraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Clethra acuminata 143-01-001   FAMILY: Clethraceae

 

Look for it in moist forests, heath balds, margins of rock outcrops at high elevations

Common in Mtns, rare in Piedmont, endemic to the Southern & Central Appalachians

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Coastal Sweet-pepperbush, Coastal White-alder
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY: Cyrillaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY: Clethraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia 143-01-002a   FAMILY: Clethraceae

 

Look for it in pocosins, blackwater swamp forests, non-riverine swamp forests

Common (rare in Piedmont), primarily endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Downy Sweet-pepperbush, Downy White-alder
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Clethra tomentosa   FAMILY: Cyrillaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY: Clethraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Clethra alnifolia var. tomentosa 143-01-002b   FAMILY: Clethraceae

 

Look for it in pocosins, swamps, streambanks

Uncommon

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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"An important fact to appreciate is that precise identification is not always possible and sometimes is a matter of opinion based on weighing the relative importance of conflicting facts.... This responsibility rests with the botanist, and there are often honest differences of opinion on these matters." — George W.D. Symonds, The Tree Identification Book