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