Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1089

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

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

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

Look for it on dry ridges, cliffs, shale barrens, occurring at least up to 1550m. Usually requiring fire for its reproduction, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Needles normally 1.5-2.5" long
Needles 2 per bundle

"FLOWER":
Spring
Unisexual

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Cone

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Pinales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 016-01-007:
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pipu5_001_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_pinus_pungens

March        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_pinus_pungens_2

March        

Adapted to release seed from serotinous cones after fire, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_pinus_pungens_3

March        

Bark thin, dark reddish-brown, furrowed into scaly plates on older trunks, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0506d_06

June    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Usually a small-to-medium tree of rocky slopes and ridge tops, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm0509i_08

September    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Often numerous persistent closed cones (serotinous - open with heat of fire). — Patrick McMillan

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JK Marlow    s050918_a

September    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Two twisted stout yellow-green needles per fascicle, 1.5-3.5" long. — Patrick McMillan

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmppungens_ab

Month Unknown    Alleghaney County    NC