Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Common

Look for it in xeric forests & woodlands, generally in fire-maintained habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Creamy-white
Unisexual
4-6 sepals
Petals absent
12(-18) stamens in staminate flowers
Flowers in catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Nut

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Castanea pumila   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Castanea pumila var. pumila   FAMILY Fagaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 055-02-002:
Castanea pumila var. pumila   FAMILY Fagaceae

GREATER THAN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968)
Castanea pumila var. ashei

GREATER THAN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968)
Castanea alnifolia+

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Chinquapin, Chinkapin, Allegheny Chinquapin


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JK Marlow    jkm120526_625

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Hairs usually conspicuous on twigs & leaf undersides, at least early, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_pumila_1

May    Harris County    GA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_pumila_7

May    Harris County    GA

Bark light red-brown, shallowly furrowed, with flattened plates, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm060601_001

June    Spartanburg County    SC

Staminate flowers in upright catkins 4-6" long; pistillate inconspicuous, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Castanea pumila var. pumila, image of Castanea pumila

JK Marlow    jkm140726_144

July    Greenville County    SC

Palmetto Trail: Saluda Mountains Passage

Twigs slender, gray, woolly pubescent when young, becoming glabrous, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm140726_146

July    Greenville County    SC

Palmetto Trail: Saluda Mountains Passage

Leaves mostly 3-5" long, teeth often tipped with a short bristle, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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Will Stuart    wil_9631715432_b

August    Haywood County    NC

Fruit husk spines and leaf petioles are usually less than 1cm long, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_pumila_lrc_9705_3

September        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_pumila_lrc_9705_7

September        

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JK Marlow    s071016_a

October    Oconee County    SC

Leaves whitish & velvety below, short-pointed, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.