Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial
Dioecious

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

Common in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in 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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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

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 (1968) 052-01-001:
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sweet-fern