Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
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Read more about Triadica at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Popcorn Tree, Chinese Tallow-tree
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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.
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.
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org bug_2307038
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.
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.
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org bug_0016034
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.
Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org bug_2151096
Bark light gray and fissured, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org bug_5309018
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.
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
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
DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Petioles 2-6cm long
Leaves are subtended by stipules.
Inflorescence a spikelike raceme
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p405
- Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control p125
- A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests p022
- Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests p10
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast p083
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p352
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p252
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry p204
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p320