Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1050

Shrub, Tree
Perennial

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

Rare north of FL, becoming rarer

Look for it on dunes, in maritime forests, in dry sandy soils on barrier islands (known only north to Carteret County, NC). Becoming more rare with the destruction of most maritime and near coastal upland forests for the construction of vacation homes and tourist accomodations, 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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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Laurales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 084-01-001:
Persea borbonia   FAMILY Lauraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Red Bay