OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Lamiaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 162-04-001:
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Callicarpa americana

 

COMMON NAME:
American Beautyberry, French-mulberry, Beautybush


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_caam2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_caam2_012_lvd

        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmcamericana_cabins1

June?    Clarendon County    SC

Flowers small, tubular, appearing from leaf axils in mid to late summer. — Patrick McMillan

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JK Marlow    jkm0307j_18

July    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

The flowers are in axillary clusters, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm220705_8908

July    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0308g_25

August    Chester County    SC

Landsford Canal State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm070802_016

August    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0309j_22

September    Greenville County    SC

Fruit numerous, small, 0.25" diameter, bright purple. — Patrick McMillan

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JK Marlow    jkm0309q_17

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Leaves 7-23cm long, stellate-scurfy below (vs. C. dichotoma ~ glabrous below), per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0309q_20

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Height usually 4 to 6', per Gardening with Native Plants of the South.

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JK Marlow    jkm130913_329

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves opposite or sub-opposite, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm130913_329b

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Scurfy, stellate-pubescent twigs, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm200920_7276

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm200920_7280

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm200920_7282

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_callicarpa_americana

September        

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Paul Thompson    pstcallicarpa_americana

September?        

Leaf shape is elliptical; leaf margin is serrate. — Clemson Extension

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JK Marlow    jkm151009_391

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    s081012_e

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaves ovate, ovate-lanceolate, or elliptic, acute to acuminate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Harry Davis    hld233_mg_0057

November    Greenville County    SC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 162-04-001:
Callicarpa americana   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Callicarpa americana

 

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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (uncommon in GA Mountains, rare in Carolina Mountains)

Habitat: hammocks, other forests (especially with sandy or rocky soils), maritime forests (the main habitat northward), pine flatwoods, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite or subopposite

FLOWER:
Summer
Lavender/ Pinkish
5-toothed calyx
5-lobed corolla
4 exserted stamens, attached to corolla tube

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Violet/ Purple
Drupe

 

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