familyIteaceae
genusItea

Itea virginica

Linnaeus

Sp. Pl. 1: 199. 1753 ,

Common names: Virginia-willow Virginia sweetspire Virginia-tea
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 7. Mentioned on page 6.
Shrubs 1–3 m. Stems erect or arching, forming clumps by underground runners, glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Leaves: petiole 3–10 mm; blade elliptic to oblong-oblanceolate, 2–9 × 1–4 cm, margins glandular-serrate to serrulate or minutely denticulate. Racemes arching, 20–80-flowered, 4–15 cm, rachis puberulent. Pedicels 1–3.5 mm, puberulent. Flowers: sepals erect or slightly divergent, narrowly oblong, 0.6–1 mm, apex acute; petals narrowly oblong, 3.5–6 mm; filaments 1–2 mm, pubescent; styles longitudinally grooved. Capsules ± reflexed, cylindric, 0.7–1 cm, styles persistent, pubescent. Seeds 1–1.4 × 0.4–0.9 mm, smooth, shiny. 2n = 22.

Phenology: Flowering Mar–Jun.
Habitat: Swamps, wet woods, stream banks, streamheads, beaver ponds
Elevation: 0-300 m

Distribution

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Ala., Ark., Del., D.C., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Ky., La., Md., Miss., Mo., N.J., N.C., Okla., Pa., S.C., Tenn., Tex., Va., W.Va.

Discussion

Itea virginica is widely cultivated for its showy inflorescences, fragrant flowers, and colorful fall foliage.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

Facts about "Itea virginica"
AuthorNancy R. Morin +
AuthorityLinnaeus +
Common nameVirginia-willow +, Virginia sweetspire + and Virginia-tea +
DistributionAla. +, Ark. +, Del. +, D.C. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Ky. +, La. +, Md. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, N.J. +, N.C. +, Okla. +, Pa. +, S.C. +, Tenn. +, Tex. +, Va. + and W.Va. +
Elevation0-300 m +
HabitatSwamps, wet woods, stream banks, streamheads, beaver ponds +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorBarbara Alongi +
PhenologyFlowering Mar–Jun. +
Publication titleSp. Pl. +
Publication year1753 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V8/V8 7.xml +
Taxon familyIteaceae +
Taxon nameItea virginica +
Taxon parentItea +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 8 +