Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Common

Look for it in a wide variety of forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 3-7 leaflets (usually 5)
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-3 lobed
Inferior ovary
Staminate flowers in elongate catkins

FRUIT:
Fall
Nut

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Carya glabra   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carya glabra   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 053-02-010:
Carya glabra   FAMILY Juglandaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Hicoria glabra var. glabra

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Carya glabra

 

COMMON NAME:
Pignut Hickory


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cagl8_004_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_higl_001_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_glabra_15

January        

Twigs moderately slender, reddish-brown, smooth, with pale lenticels, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm140524_180

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_glabra_silhouette_2

May    Harris County    GA

A tree to 70-80' tall, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_glabra

June        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_glabra_14

June        

Fruit rather pear-shaped, 1-1.25" long, often with a knoblike base, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_carya_glabra_6

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm0509j_09

September    Transylvania County    NC

Silver Run Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0509j_34

September    Transylvania County    NC

Silver Run Preserve

Bark typically roughly furrowed, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    s050924_cd

September    Transylvania County    NC

Silver Run Preserve

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JK Marlow    s081012_ab

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

A variable species, leaves typically glabrous with 5 leaflets, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Ron Lance    jkm110219_644a

Month Unknown        

Pear-shaped fruit's thin husk doesn't split to the base, oft retaining nut, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Ron Lance    jkm110219_650a

Month Unknown        

The coastal plain's var. megacarpa has larger leaves & fruit, thicker husks, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.