Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Piedmont), primarily endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in pocosins, blackwater swamp forests, non-riverine swamp forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
White
Bisexual
5 sepals
5 petals
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY Cyrillaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY Clethraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 143-01-002a:
Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia   FAMILY Clethraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Coastal Sweet-pepperbush, Coastal White-alder


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picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_clal3_001_lvd

        

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_clal3_006_lvd

        

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    jkm160416_264

April    Lowndes County    GA

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clethra_alnifolia_2

July        

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clethra_alnifolia_3

July        

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clethra_alnifolia_4b

July        

Pedicels 2-4mm, shortly stellate-hairy; bract shorter than flower, per Flora of North America.

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_clethra_alnifolia_4c

July        

Bright white flowers in showy terminal racemes beyond the uppermost leaves, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0308a_16

August    Williamsburg County    SC

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0508h_06b

August    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Small flowers with long stamens, a protruding style, and a spicy fragrance, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0508h_08b

August    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Fruit a hairy, spherical capsule within a persistent calyx, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0509a_25

September    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

picture of Clethra alnifolia var. alnifolia, image of Clethra alnifolia

JK Marlow    s050902_g

September    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Leaves sharply toothed (on upper half of blade), w parallel lateral veins, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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