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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (5/21/15):
Ptelea trifoliata   FAMILY Rutaceae   Go to FSUS key


(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ptelea trifoliata +   FAMILY Rutaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 103-02-001:
Ptelea trifoliata   FAMILY Rutaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ptelea baldwinii

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ptelea microcarpa

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ptelea serrata

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ptelea trifoliata

 

COMMON NAME:
Wafer-ash, Hoptree


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pttr_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0304f_14

April    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Ptelea trifoliata, Wafer-ash, Hoptree

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ptelea_trifoliata

April        

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Sam Pratt    sbp_20140428_115756

April    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Flowers small, greenish-white, in terminal clusters, foul-smelling, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm0205j_19

May    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

image of Ptelea trifoliata, Wafer-ash, Hoptree

JK Marlow    jkm0305k_16

May    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Leaflets vary in size & shape, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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Ron Lance    rwl_ptrifoliata

May    Rutherford County    NC

Terminal leaflet sessile, thus different from Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


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Sam Pratt    sbp052921_img0

May    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

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Sam Pratt    sbp052921_img1

May    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ptelea_trifoliata_2

June        

The round, winged fruits are aboout 3/4" in diameter, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Ptelea trifoliata, Wafer-ash, Hoptree

JK Marlow    jkm0307c_27

July    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

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Dan Whitten    sdw_163

September    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Leaf scars almost surround the sunken hairy bud, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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Dan Whitten    sdw_164

September    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm121027_830

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm121027_833

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (5/21/15):
Ptelea trifoliata   FAMILY Rutaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ptelea trifoliata +   FAMILY Rutaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 103-02-001:
Ptelea trifoliata   FAMILY Rutaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ptelea baldwinii

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ptelea microcarpa

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ptelea serrata

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ptelea trifoliata

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1168

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Look for it on rocky bluffs, esp calcareous or mafic, open woodlands, calcareous Coastal Plain river bluffs, granitic domes, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Radially symmetrical
3-5 sepals, usually 4
3-5 petals, usually 4
3-5 stamens, usually 4

FRUIT:
Summer
Samara

 

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