Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Subshrub
Perennial

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

Common (rare in GA Piedmont & SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in a wide variety of acidic forests, xeric to mesic, sandy, rocky, & loamy, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Pink/White
Bisexual or unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed salverform corolla
10 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Berry

 

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



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Epigaea repens   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Epigaea repens   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-15-001:
Epigaea repens   FAMILY Ericaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_epre2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_epre2_003_lhd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0503a_11

March    Greenville County    SC

Paris Mountain State Park

The ovate leathery dull-green leaves are blunt-tipped, per Describing Botanical Architecture. Chinquapin (Ellison, 2012).

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Keith Bradley    kab_epigaea_repens_1843

March    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_epigaea_repens_2

March        

The small clusters of fragrant flowers are often concealed under the leaves, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm0404g_25

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Keith Bradley    kab_epigaea_repens_2301

April    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Ovate to oblong, leathery leaves on creeping reddish-brown stems , per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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Keith Bradley    kab_epigaea_repens_2318

April    Haywood County    NC