OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Cartrema americanum   FAMILY Oleaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Osmanthus americanus var. americanus   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Synopsis of American Cartrema (Oleaceae) (Nesom, 2012)
Cartrema americana

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 153-04-001:
Osmanthus americana   FAMILY Oleaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Amarolea americana

 

COMMON NAME:
Devilwood, Wild Olive


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image of Cartrema americanum, Devilwood, Wild Olive

JK Marlow    jkm0501a_35

January    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Glossy evergreen lvs opposite (typically subopposite), oblanceolate to obovate, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Cartrema americanum, Devilwood, Wild Olive

Sam Pratt    sbp_021522_1221

February    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Leaves are entire on the margin, 10-14cm long, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Cartrema americanum, Devilwood, Wild Olive

JK Marlow    jkm110320_164

March    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Cartrema americanum, Devilwood, Wild Olive

JK Marlow    jkm110320_166

March    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Cartrema americanum, Devilwood, Wild Olive

JK Marlow    jkm100413_008

April    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Flowers in short axillary panicles (rarely racemes), short-pedicellate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Cartrema americanum, Devilwood, Wild Olive

JK Marlow    jkm100413_010

April    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Cartrema americanum   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Osmanthus americanus var. americanus   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Synopsis of American Cartrema (Oleaceae) (Nesom, 2012)
Cartrema americana

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 153-04-001:
Osmanthus americana   FAMILY Oleaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Amarolea americana

 

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993

Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in GA & SC (uncommon in NC)

Habitat: maritime forests and (in FL, GA, SC, and extreme s. NC) hammocks and other dry, sandy forests well inland, and reported southwards for wet habitats as well, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Opposite or subopposite
Margins entire

FLOWER:
Spring
Creamy-white
Mostly unisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
4-lobed calyx
4-lobed campanulate corolla
Superior ovary

Inflorescence a few-flowered axillary panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue
Drupe

 

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