Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1318

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it on marsh edges, shell deposits, disturbed areas, 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
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate
Petioles 2-6cm long

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish-green
Unisexual
2-3 sepals
Petals absent
Inflorescence a spike-like raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Capsule

 

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



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Triadica sebifera   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Triadica sebifera   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 107-08-001:
Sapium sebiferum   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Popcorn Tree, Chinese Tallow-tree


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_sase5_002_lhd

        

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    wwwgalvbayinvas_triadica

        

www.galvbayinvasives.org/Guide/Species/TriadicaSebifera

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James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_2307044

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm090514_015

May    Charleston County    SC

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

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JK Marlow    jkm090514_048

May    Charleston County    SC

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

Invades streambanks, riverbanks, and wet areas, as well as upland sites, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    jkm090515_016

May    Georgetown County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm090515_019

May    Georgetown County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm090515_028

May    Georgetown County    SC

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JK Marlow    s090515_16

May    Georgetown County    SC

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JK Marlow    s090515_16b

May    Georgetown County    SC

Leaves rhombic-ovate, long acuminate, entire, base rounded to almost truncate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_2307038

June        

Slender drooping spike to 8" long, female flowers at base, male along spike, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_sebifera_oakywoods3

June    Houston County    GA

Oaky Woods WMA

Flowers yellowish-green in terminal 3-35cm racemes, per Flora of China.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_sebifera_oakywoods7

June    Houston County    GA

Oaky Woods WMA

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James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_0016034

September        

Small terminal clusters of (usually) 3-lobed capsules, each 1.2-2cm across, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

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Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org     bug_2151096

Month Unknown        

Bark light gray and fissured, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

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Ronald F. Billings, Texas Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5005006

Month Unknown        

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Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org    bug_5309018

Month Unknown        

Capsules split to reveal 3 white-wax coated seeds that resemble popcorn, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

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Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org     bug_5407105

Month Unknown