Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


975

Tree
Perennial
Dioecious or polygamo-dioecious

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

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it in river swamps, where inundated for substantial periods of time, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Green
5 sepals
5-10 petals or petals absent

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue/Purple
Drupe

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Nyssa aquatica   FAMILY Nyssaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nyssa aquatica   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 141-01-002:
Nyssa aquatica   FAMILY Nyssaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Nyssa uniflora

 

COMMON NAME:
Water Tupelo, Cotton Gum, Tupelo Gum


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_nyaq2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_nyaq2_006_lvd

        

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John B. Nelson    jbn_6910583866_89e20acf13

April    Richland County    SC

Flowers green, inconspicuous; staminate in dense clusters at peduncle end, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_tupelo041108

April    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

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Will Stuart    wil_8457618601_1f7f364819

April    Charleston County    SC

Magnolia Plantation's Audubon Swamp

A tall tree, to 30m, with a long clear trunk with a buttressed base, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Will Stuart    wil_8496448860_6e47a4aa12

April    Dorchester County    SC

Francis Biedler Forest

Leaves entire or coarsely toothed, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_tupelo_fruit071508

July    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

Fruit bluish-purple at maturity, borne on a stalk longer than the fruit, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_tupelo_fruit093009

September    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_tupelo093009

September    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_n_aquatica_mc_2

October    Floyd County    GA

Coosa Prairies

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_n_aquatica_mc_4

October    Floyd County    GA

Coosa Prairies

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmnaquatica_barkbiedler

Month Unknown        SC

Francis Biedler Forest

Bark moderately furrowed into rather narrow longitudinal ridges, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmnaquatica_biedler1

Month Unknown        SC

Francis Biedler Forest

Acuminate lvs, 1-2" petioles, & glabrous twig distinguish it from N. ogeche, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.