OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Frangula caroliniana   FAMILY Rhamnaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Frangula caroliniana   FAMILY Rhamnaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 119-04-001:
Rhamnus caroliniana   FAMILY Rhamnaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_frca13_001_lvd

        

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_rhca2_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120415_011

April    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaf blades 4-6" long; parallel veins prominent, margins finely toothed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

JK Marlow    jkm130420_579

April    Pickens County    SC

Leaves finely toothed, soft-textured, veins slightly arcuate, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

JK Marlow    jkm220420_7046

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

JK Marlow    jkm220420_7049

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

JK Marlow    jkm220420_7050

April    Greenville County    SC

Bark smooth, grayish; inner bark yellowish, odorous, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

John B. Nelson    jbn_3535234593_644a1d3dd4

May        

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_f_caroliniana_caro

June        

Corolla less than 1/4" wide; flowers in few-flowered clusters in leaf axils, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

JK Marlow    jkm120815_758

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Veins parallel with 8-10 pairs (vein ends following margins), per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

JK Marlow    jkm120815_760

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves largest towards branch tip, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

JK Marlow    jkm120815_763

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_f_caroliniana_3

September        

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

Ron Lance    rwl1212_a2

September        

Fruit a globose 3/8" drupe, red in summer becoming black at maturity, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

JK Marlow    jkm0511a_35

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Frangula caroliniana, Carolina Buckthorn, Polecat-tree, Indian Currant

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_f_caroliniana_2

November        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Frangula caroliniana   FAMILY Rhamnaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Frangula caroliniana   FAMILY Rhamnaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 119-04-001:
Rhamnus caroliniana   FAMILY Rhamnaceae

 

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1212

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Dry to moist barrens, woodlands, and forests, Coastal Plain limestone bluffs and shell middens, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Not armed

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate
Margins minutely toothed above middle of blade

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish-white
Bisexual
5-merous

Flowers in few-flowered clusters in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red->Black
Drupe

 

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