Aronia melanocarpa

(Michaux) Elliott

Sketch Bot. S. Carolina 1: 557. 1821

Common names: Black chokeberry
EndemicSelected by author to be illustrated
Basionyms: Mespilus arbutifolia var. melanocarpa Michaux Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 292. 1803
Synonyms: Aronia nigra (Willdenow) Koehne Photinia melanocarpa (Michaux) K. R. Robertson & J. B. Phipps Pyrus arbutifolia var. nigra Willdenow P. melanocarpa (Michaux) Willdenow Sorbus melanocarpa (Michaux) Hey nhold
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 9. Treatment on page 446. Mentioned on page 438, 489.
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Illustrator: Marjorie C. Leggitt
Stems glabrous or glabrescent. Leaves pale green abaxially, dark green and shiny adaxially, becoming scarlet; blade 2.5–7 × 2.5–3.5 cm, apex subacute to acuminate or apiculate, surfaces glabrous or glabrescent, adaxial midrib stipitate-glandular. Flowers sweet-scented; hypanthium glabrous; sepal margins glabrous; anthers yellow to purplish red. Pomes black, glabrous, taste acid and bitter. 2n = 34, 68.

Phenology: Flowering Mar–Jun; fruiting Sep–Nov.
Habitat: Swamps, bogs, wet thickets, margins of ponds and lakes, beaver ponds, woods, moist high-elevation forests, rock outcrops
Elevation: 0–2000 m


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N.B., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Ala., Ark., Conn., Del., D.C., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Mo., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Vt., Va., W.Va., Wis.




Lower Taxa

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