Agarista populifolia

(Lamarck) Judd

J. Arnold Arbor. 60: 495. 1979 ,

Common names: Pipe-plant pipe-stem wood
Basionyms: Andromeda populifolia Lamarck in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. 1: 159. 1783
Synonyms: Leucothoë acuminata (Aiton) G. Don Leucothoë populifolia (Lamarck) Dipple
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 499.
Plants to 7 m. Stems terete, with chambered pith. Leaf blades 2.6–9(–11.2) × 0.9–4(–5) cm, base narrowly cuneate to rounded, apex acuminate, surfaces sometimes stipitate-glandular-hairy, hairy on midvein adaxially. Flowers: calyx lobes 0.9–2 × 0.6–1.5 mm; corolla 6–9.5 × 3–5 mm, glabrous; filaments 4–5.5 mm; style impressed into ovary apex. Capsules 3–4 × 4.5–6.5 mm, placentae subapical. Seeds brown, 1.4–2 mm. 2n = 24.

Phenology: Flowering early spring–spring.
Habitat: Acid swamps to moist broadleaved forests, especially along streams, in ravines, or near springs
Elevation: 0-50 m


Agarista populifolia is occasionally used as an ornamental; it is the northernmost species of the genus, and is closely related to A. sleumeri Judd of Mexico. Agarista populifolia is rather variable in glandular indumentum and in the size and margins of the leaves. The plants are apparently very rare in Georgia, and the two known collections from that state lack exact localities; W. Bartram (1791) reported it growing along Saint Mary’s River.

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Facts about "Agarista populifolia"
AuthorWalter S. Judd +
Authority(Lamarck) Judd +
BasionymsAndromeda populifolia +
Common namePipe-plant + and pipe-stem wood +
DistributionFla. +, Ga. + and S.C. +
Elevation0-50 m +
HabitatAcid swamps to moist broadleaved forests, especially along streams, in ravines, or near springs +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorYevonn Wilson-Ramsey +
PhenologyFlowering early spring–spring. +
Publication titleJ. Arnold Arbor. +
Publication year1832 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V8/V8 975.xml +
SynonymsLeucothoë acuminata + and Leucothoë populifolia +
Taxon familyEricaceae +
Taxon nameAgarista populifolia +
Taxon parentAgarista +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 8 +