Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Santalales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read about The Puzzling Piratebush from Lytton Musselman and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Read more about Buckleya at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Buckleya distichophylla is apparently parasitic on a variety of hosts – not limited to Tsuga, as has sometimes been reported. The branches, with their neat and distichous array of simple leaves, are often mistaken for a compound leaf, per Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 060-03-001:
Buckleya distichophylla FAMILY Santalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Dry or rocky bluffs and slopes, usually with pines or hemlock, and most common in scrubby pine-oak/heath woodlands, also rich woods and stream banks, per Weakley's Flora
Native to North Carolina
Rare in NC Mountains
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast (Foote & Jones, 1989) p057
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge (Lance) p17
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p078
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