Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


505

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: Japan
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in forests and woodlands in suburban areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
NC Botanical Garden
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Fall
Silvery-white/Brown
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
4-lobed salverform calyx
Petals absent
4 inserted stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring
Brown/Red
Drupe-like

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Elaeagnus pungens   FAMILY Elaeagnaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Elaeagnus pungens   FAMILY Elaeagnaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 134-01-001:
Elaeagnus pungens   FAMILY Elaeagnaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Thorny Olive, Autumn Siverberry, Silverthorn, Thorny Elaeagnus