Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial

Native to Coastal Plain of SC & GA, early naturalized in a more widespread area
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in bottomlands & streambanks (as a native), or to be escaped or persistent after cultivation, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite or rarely whorled

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White, lower lobe densely spotted with purple
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-merous
2-lobed calyx
2-lipped corolla
2 fertile stamens

FRUIT:
Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Catalpa bignonioides   FAMILY Bignoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Catalpa bignonioides   FAMILY Bignoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 167-03-001:
Catalpa bignonioides   FAMILY Bignoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Catalpa catalpa

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Catalpa, Fishbait Tree, Cigar Tree


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cabi8_005_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_caca58_001_lvd

        

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Steve Marlow    snm140530_049

March    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Corolla 2-4cm wide, the lower lobe densely spotted with purple, entire, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm060522_028

May    Greenville County    SC

picture of Catalpa bignonioides, image of Catalpa bignonioides

JK Marlow    jkm060522_030

May    Greenville County    SC

picture of Catalpa bignonioides, image of Catalpa bignonioides

JK Marlow    jkm060522_035

May    Greenville County    SC

picture of Catalpa bignonioides, image of Catalpa bignonioides

JK Marlow    jkm140528_227

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Fresh foliage with a fetid odor; leaves abruptly acuminate, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Catalpa bignonioides, image of Catalpa bignonioides

JK Marlow    jkm060809_003

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Capsules 15-40cm long, 6-10mm diameter, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.


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picture of Catalpa bignonioides, image of Catalpa bignonioides

JK Marlow    jkm060809_004

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

picture of Catalpa bignonioides, image of Catalpa bignonioides

JK Marlow    jkm060809_005

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside