OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 052-01-001:
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sweet-fern


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image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cope80_001_lvd

        

image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

JK Marlow    jkm110402_350

April    Haywood County    NC

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Male flower clusters cylindrical and about 1.25" long, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

JK Marlow    jkm110402_350b

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Flowers without sepals or petals, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_peregrina_sweetfern

April        

image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

JK Marlow    jkm080705_167

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves spicy-scented when crushed, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

JK Marlow    jkm090923_017

September    Hancock County    ME

Leaves narrow with deep marginal indentations (pinnatifid), per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

JK Marlow    jkm090923_019

September    Hancock County    ME

image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

JK Marlow    jkm0411a_18

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Comptonia peregrina, Sweet-fern

JK Marlow    jkm0511b_24

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 052-01-001:
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

 

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360

Shrub
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Dry open woods and barrens, in the mountains on xeric ridges at low to medium elevations, usually in fire-maintained habitats, also in xeric and fire-maintained habitats on monadnocks in the upper Piedmont and in dry, sandy sites in the lower Piedmont and fall-line sandhills, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple: pinnatifid
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Sepals absent
Petals absent

Flowers in catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Nutlet

 

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