Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Tree
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare Mtns), primarily a SE. Piedmont endemic

Look for it in the Piedmont in mesic, nutrient-rich forests, on bottomlands, lower slopes, and in ravines, in the Coastal Plain primarily on floodplains of brownwater (alluvium-carrying) rivers (most notably the Roanoke River in NC), in the Mountains only at low elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Palmately compound
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Cream/ Yellowish-green/ Pinkish
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
4 petals
6-7 included stamens

FRUIT:
Summer
Brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aesculus sylvatica   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aesculus sylvatica   FAMILY Hippocastanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 116-01-001:
Aesculus sylvatica   FAMILY Hippocastanaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Painted Buckeye


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JK Marlow    jkm080329_009

March    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

One of the first woody plants to leaf out in Spring (in March), per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm120326_018b

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Stamens are shorter than lateral petals, & the calyx & pedicel lack glands, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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JK Marlow    jkm120326_021

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm120326_024

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0504e_26

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0504e_32

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090419_066

April    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

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JK Marlow    jkm130422_629

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm130422_632

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Know to hybridize with A. pavia, resulting in plants with reddish flowers, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm180408_253

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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Keith Bradley    kab_a_sylvatica_5175

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_sylvatica_painted

April        

Recognized by unequal yellow-green to cream flower petals, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_sylvatica_painted_2

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm060506_094

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

Opposite, palmately compound leaves with 5-7 pinnately veined leaflets, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm060506_100

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

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Dan Whitten    sdw_paintedbuckeye

June    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

One of the 1st woody plants to lose its leaves in summer (beginning in June), per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm080726_034

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Capsule 2-4cm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_aesculus_sylvatica_4r

August