Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1467

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare, an endemic, primarily Appalachian

Look for it in mesic forests, esp acidic bluffs, often in openings in rhododendron thickets ("hells"), per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
White
Bisexual
5 sepals (rarely 6-7)
5 petals (rarely 6-7)
Numerous stamens, adnate to the petals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Stewartia ovata   FAMILY Theaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Stewartia ovata   FAMILY Theaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 124-01-002:
Stewartia ovata   FAMILY Theaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia


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image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_stpe7_001_lvd

        

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm160422_093

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Petiole winged, enclosing buds. Twigs brown, glabrous, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm160422_095

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Leaves similar to S. malacodendron, but to 6" long, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm160422_096

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm160422_100

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bark brown or gray-brown, fissured, with narrow ridges, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm180427_1517

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Leaf blades ovate to nearly elliptical, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm180427_1517b

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Leaves obscurely serrate or crenate, and conspicuously ciliate-margined, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm180427_1518

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm180427_1521b

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Leaf lower surfaces light green, finely pubescent, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm100618_021

June    Cherokee County    NC

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm100618_024

June    Cherokee County    NC

Leaves borne in horizontal planes reminiscent of Cornus florida & alternifolia, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

JK Marlow    jkm100618_030

June    Cherokee County    NC

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_ovata_lulafalls06_6

June    Walker County    GA

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_stewartia_ovata_2

June        

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

Sam Pratt    sbp_3222

June    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

image of Stewartia ovata, Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

Dan Whitten    sdw_mtn_camelia

June    Oconee County    SC

Devils Fork State Park

The numerous stamens have yellow anthers and the 5 styles are separate, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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