Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


968

Shrub
Perennial
Dioecious

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

Rare (an endemic)

Look for it in relatively mesic sites in sandhills in the upper Coastal Plain, mesic to dry Piedmont oak forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
4-5 sepals
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Summer
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Santalales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Nestronia umbellula   FAMILY Santalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nestronia umbellula   FAMILY Santalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 060-02-001:
Nestronia umbellula   FAMILY Santalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Nestronia umbellula

 

COMMON NAME:
Nestronia, Conjurer's-nut, Leechbush


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image of Nestronia umbellula

JK Marlow    jkm120415_047

April    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Many populations consist of all male or all female plants, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Nestronia umbellula

JK Marlow    jkm120415_050

April    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Small greenish flowers w 4-5 petal-like sepals. Male flowers are in umbels, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Nestronia umbellula

JK Marlow    jkm120415_053

April    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Resembling an opposite-leaved lowbush blueberry, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Nestronia umbellula

JK Marlow    jkm120415_057

April    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaves opposite, broad-bladed, 3-6cm long, acute or acuminate, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

image of Nestronia umbellula

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmnestronia_flwrktsp

April        

Female flowers are borne singly in the axils of leaves, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Nestronia umbellula

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmnestronia_pc1

Month Unknown    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

image of Nestronia umbellula

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmnestronia_pc3

Month Unknown    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest