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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Betula cordifolia   FAMILY Betulaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Betula papyrifera var. cordifolia   FAMILY Betulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 054-03-003:
Betula papyrifera var. cordifolia   FAMILY Betulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Paper Birch


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image of Betula cordifolia, Mountain Paper Birch

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmbcordifolia_barkmm1

June    Yancey County    NC

Mount Mitchell

Bark papery or exfoliating, pinkish-white, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Betula cordifolia, Mountain Paper Birch

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmbcordifolia_lfmm

June    Yancey County    NC

Mount Mitchell

Leaves are cordate-based, and twigs are nearly glabrous, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Betula cordifolia   FAMILY Betulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Betula papyrifera var. cordifolia   FAMILY Betulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 054-03-003:
Betula papyrifera var. cordifolia   FAMILY Betulaceae

 

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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to North Carolina

Habitat: High elevation forests, southwards primarily on talus of avalanche chutes (as in the Black Mountains, Yancey County, NC, and the Great Smoky Mountains, Sevier County, TN), and on talus slopes and adjacent forests at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
Staminate calyx minute, pistillate calyx absent
2 stamens in staminate flowers
Inferior ovary

Flowers in catkins (staminate catkins elongate)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Samara

 

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