Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Cupressales
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As early as the 1830s Torreya was recognized as very rare and special. Learn more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
A classic example of Arcto-Tertiary Geoflora, in which highly disjunct sister species are located in extremely disjunct locales in temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere. Read more at Torreya Guardians.
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Florida Torreya, Stinking-cedar
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JK Marlow jkm100313_127
March Gadsden County FL
Angus Gholson Nature Park
Male cones borne singly in the axils of needles of the previous year, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.
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JK Marlow jkm140607_642
June Franklin County NC
Highlands Biological Station
Leaves stiff with a short petiole-like constriction, often slightly curved, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.
Native to Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -
Rare (an endangered endemic of ravines in Panhandle FL & sw. GA)
Habitat: Moist ravines and bluffs, sometimes planted well outside its native range as an ornamental, and also rarely established near plantings, per Weakley's Flora
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TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p326
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p026
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p350