OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Clethra tomentosa   FAMILY Cyrillaceae   Go to FSUS key


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY Clethraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Clethra alnifolia var. pubescens

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Clethra tomentosa

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 143-01-002b:
Clethra alnifolia var. tomentosa   FAMILY Clethraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Clethra tomentosa

 

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


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image of Clethra tomentosa, Downy Sweet-pepperbush, Downy White-alder

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

        

image of Clethra tomentosa, Downy Sweet-pepperbush, Downy White-alder

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

        

image of Clethra tomentosa, Downy Sweet-pepperbush, Downy White-alder

Sam Pratt    sbp_081413_1910

August    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

If recognized at varietal rank, the correct name is var. pubescens, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Clethra tomentosa, Downy Sweet-pepperbush, Downy White-alder

Sam Pratt    sbp_081413_1910b

August    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, densely tomentose beneath, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Clethra and Itea

image of Clethra tomentosa, Downy Sweet-pepperbush, Downy White-alder

Sam Pratt    sbp_2092

October    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Stamens and stigmas long-exserted, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Clethra tomentosa   FAMILY Cyrillaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clethra alnifolia   FAMILY Clethraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Clethra alnifolia var. pubescens

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Clethra tomentosa

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 143-01-002b:
Clethra alnifolia var. tomentosa   FAMILY Clethraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Clethra tomentosa

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

3572

Shrub
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

Uncommon

Habitat: pocosins, swamps, streambanks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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