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):
Kalmia buxifolia   FAMILY Ericaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Leiophyllum buxifolium   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Kalmia buxifolia

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 145-07-001:
Leiophyllum buxifolium var. buxifolium   FAMILY Ericaceae

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Leiophyllum buxifolium var. prostratum

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Leiophyllum hugeri

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Leiophyllum lyonii

 

COMMON NAME:
Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle


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image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_debu2_001_lvd

        

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

Keith Bradley    kab_kalmia_buxifolia_0626

February    Lexington County    SC

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

John B. Nelson    jbn_441264980_7bee32c0b9

March        

The 1/4" wide flowers have 5 spreading petals and 10 protruding stamens, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm060521_162

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

Leaves stipitate-glandular or glabrous, entire or with a few obscure teeth, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm070518_019

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm070519_024

May    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

Ron Lance    rwl_lbuxifolium

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm0407m_05

July    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm0407v_22

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Leiophyllum buxifolium var. prostratum?

image of Kalmia buxifolia, Sand-myrtle, Mountain Myrtle

Keith Bradley    kab_kalmia_buxifolia_8400

November    Lexington County    SC

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Kalmia buxifolia   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Leiophyllum buxifolium   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Kalmia buxifolia

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 145-07-001:
Leiophyllum buxifolium var. buxifolium   FAMILY Ericaceae

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Leiophyllum buxifolium var. prostratum

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Leiophyllum hugeri

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Leiophyllum lyonii

 

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802

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere

Habitat: Locally abundant but very restricted in wet (spodosol) pinelands of the outer Coastal Plain (in Brunswick and Carteret counties, NC), locally common in relatively dry sandhills in a few locations in the Sandhills, disjunct in the Piedmont on a few quartzite monadnocks, fairly common in the mountains on rock outcrops at high to moderate elevations (on a wide variety of rock types), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate or opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
5 sepals
5 petals
10 stamens, about as long as the petals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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