OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Laurales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Tamala borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Persea borbonia

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 084-01-001:
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Tamala borbonia

 

COMMON NAME:
Upland Redbay, Tisswood


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image of Tamala borbonia, Upland Redbay, Tisswood

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pebo_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_pebo_004_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_borbonia_redbay_4

March        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_borbonia_redbay_5

March        

Leaf blade leathery, elliptical to oblong, tapering at both ends, 2-8" long, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_persea_borbornia

March        

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1796

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

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Will Stuart    wil_9047978143_3e3c22e9b2

September    Hyde County    NC

Outer Banks

A tree occasionally 60-70' tall and 2' in diameter, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Will Stuart    wil_9047996259_2d229b3891

September    New Hanover County    NC

New Hanover County Arboretum

The aromatic, spicy leaves have been used for flavoring soups & meat dishes, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Will Stuart    wil_9050229980_b45c65df81

September    New Hanover County    NC

New Hanover County Arboretum

Fruit a lustrous dark blue drupe, to 1/2" long, w yellow-orange peduncles, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Tamala borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Persea borbonia

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 084-01-001:
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Tamala borbonia

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1050

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Rare north of FL, becoming rarer

Habitat: hammocks, dunes, maritime forests, in dry sandy soils on barrier islands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
6 persistent tepals
9-12 stamens (inner 3 sterile)
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue/Black
Drupe

 

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