Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1168

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

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

Uncommon

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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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Ternately compound
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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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ptelea trifoliata   FAMILY Rutaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ptelea trifoliata +   FAMILY Rutaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 103-02-001:
Ptelea trifoliata   FAMILY Rutaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Wafer-ash, Hoptree


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JK Marlow    jkm0304f_14

April    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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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

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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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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ptelea_trifoliata_2

June        

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

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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