Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: Asia
Documented growing wild in GA - -

Uncommon (naturalized from horticultural use)

Look for it in moist suburban forests, floodplains, mesic flatwoods, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
White/Pink
4-5 petals
Flowers in dangling axillary clusters

FRUIT:
Winter/SpringFall
Red
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ardisia crenata   FAMILY Primulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ardisia crenata   FAMILY Myrsinaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Coral Ardisia, Hen's Eyes, Coralberry, Marlberry


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image of Ardisia crenata

JK Marlow    jkm100313_007

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Fruit spherical 1-seeded drupes, hanging down in fanned clusters, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

image of Ardisia crenata

JK Marlow    jkm100313_010

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

image of Ardisia crenata

JK Marlow    jkm100313_012

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Leaves leathery with scalloped crenate margins & raised callused notches, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

image of Ardisia crenata

JK Marlow    jkm100313_018

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, crenate-undulate, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Ardisia crenata

Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org     bug_5306066

Month Unknown        

image of Ardisia crenata

Ken A. Langeland, University of Florida, Bugwood.org     bug_5344007

Month Unknown        

image of Ardisia crenata

Ann Murray, University of Florida, Bugwood.org    bug_5349035

Month Unknown        

Flowers in axillary clusters dangling below the leaves, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

image of Ardisia crenata

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5421928

Month Unknown        

image of Ardisia crenata

David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5421933

Month Unknown