Cliftonia monophylla

(Lamarck) Britton ex Sargent
Silva 2: 7. 1891 ,.
Common names: Buckwheat tree black titi
IllustratedEndemic
Basionym: Ptelea monophylla Lamarck in J. Lamarck and J. Poiret, Tabl. Encycl. 1: 336. 1792
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 368.

Plants to 15 m, often forming dense stands. Leaves: petiole absent or relatively short; blade bluish white abaxially, green adaxially, elliptic to oblanceolate, 2.5–10 × 1.2–1.8 cm, coriaceous, base cuneate, narrowed to petiole, apex acute to obtuse or shallowly emarginate. Flowers fragrant; petals white or pink, 6–8 mm. Fruits 5–7 mm.


Phenology: Flowering Mar–May.
Habitat: Acidic soils in seepage bogs ("hillside bogs," "pitcher-plant bogs"), along blackwater streams, depressions in pine savannas
Elevation: 0-100 m

Distribution

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Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., S.C.

Discussion

The common name “buckwheat tree” alludes to the resemblance of the fruits with those of Fagopyrum (Polygonaceae). Cliftonia monophylla is a coastal plain endemic that forms dense patches of trees, except in sites that are burned frequently, where it is shrubby.

Selected References

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Lower Taxa

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David E. Lemke +
(Lamarck) Britton ex Sargent +
Ptelea monophylla +
Buckwheat tree +  and black titi +
Ala. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, La. +, Miss. +  and S.C. +
0-100 m +
Acidic soils in seepage bogs ("hillside bogs," "pitcher-plant bogs"), along blackwater streams, depressions in pine savannas +
Flowering Mar–May. +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Cliftonia monophylla +
Cliftonia +
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