Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1567

Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in GA-NC-SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in moist to fairly dry calcareous forests, rich bottomlands, rich cove forests in the low Mountains, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Greenish
Bisexual
4-8 lobed calyx
Petals absent
Superior ovary
Flowers numerous in compact fascicles

FRUIT:
Spring
Samara

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ulmus rubra   FAMILY Ulmaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ulmus rubra   FAMILY Ulmaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 056-01-001:
Ulmus rubra   FAMILY Ulmaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ulmus fulva

 

COMMON NAME:
Slippery Elm, Red Elm


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ulfu_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_ulru_002_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ulmus_rubra

March        

Fruit a flat, nearly round samara, its tip slightly notched & wing hairless, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm120414_914

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Leaf tips abruptly acuminate, leaf bases rounded to unequal, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Ron Lance    rwl_ulmus_rubra_bark

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Bark light brown, with interlacing ridges, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    s070927_b

September    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Leaves mostly 4-6" long, doubly-toothed, sandpapery above, hairy below, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    s101121_slipperyelm

October    Greenville County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_u_rubra_slipperytwig

November        

Flower buds larger than vegetative buds, globular, rusty-woolly on top half, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ulmus_rubra_3

November        

Buds 5-6mm long, with 6 or more dark scales, rusty-hairy near tip, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmurubra_bark

Month Unknown        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmurubra_toe

Month Unknown