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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Carya myristiciformis   FAMILY Juglandaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carya myristiciformis   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Carya myristiciformis

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 053-02-001:
Carya myristicaeformis   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Hicoria myristiciformis

 

COMMON NAME:
Nutmeg Hickory


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Ron Lance    jkm110219_651

        

Note variation in husk thickness & dehiscence, and nut shape, size & sweetness.

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_camy_002_lvd

        

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_myristiciformis_10

January        

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_myristiciformis_12

January        

Buds & adjacent twig surfaces densely and finely dotted with silvery scales, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_myristiciformis_6

January        

Bark gray, smooth at first, becoming scaly with long loose strips or plates, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_myristiciformis_73

August        

Fruit husks are winged and 1-2mm thick, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_myristiciformis_75

August        

The bronze sheen of the leaflets of this species is diagnostic, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

Ron Lance    rwl_cmyristiciformis

September        

In cultivation

Leaves usually have 7-9 leaflets, densely scaly on the lower surface, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

Ron Lance    rwl_cmyristiciformis2

September        

In cultivation

The nut is ellipsoid, resembling a nutmeg. Husk sutures prominently winged, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Carya myristiciformis, Nutmeg Hickory

Ron Lance    jkm110219_646a

Month Unknown        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Carya myristiciformis   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carya myristiciformis   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Carya myristiciformis

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 053-02-001:
Carya myristicaeformis   FAMILY Juglandaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Hicoria myristiciformis

 

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274

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Rare

Habitat: Hardwood flatwoods, bottomland hardwood forests, riparian and upland calcareous woodlands, nonriverine swamps over calcareous substrates, including calcareous clays and coquina limestone (‘marl’), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 5-9 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-3 lobed
Inferior ovary

Staminate flowers in elongate catkins

FRUIT:
Fall
Nut

 

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