Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia

Common names: Southern shortia
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 335. Mentioned on page 336.

Flowers: corolla lobes 16–25 mm; styles (10–)12–18 mm. 2n = 12.


Phenology: Flowering Mar–Apr.
Habitat: Moist slopes and ravines, stream banks, rock outcrops and cliffs, rich hardwoods, commonly under hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), white pine (Pinus strobus), or tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), Rhododendron maximum, R. minus, and Kalmialatifolia
Elevation: 200-700 m

Distribution

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Ga., N.C., S.C., Tenn., Va.

Discussion

Variety galacifolia is native in humid gorges of the Blue Ridge escarpment in Jackson and Transylvania counties, North Carolina; Oconee and Pickens counties, South Carolina; and Rabun County, Georgia. The type locality and nearby populations, probably as much as 60% of the entire species, were destroyed by the construction of Lake Jocassee (South Carolina) in the early 1960s. Adventive populations of var. galacifolia apparently have been naturalized or at least persist from cultivation in Tennessee and Virginia and farther north in North Carolina.

of conservation concern

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

Guy L. Nesom +
Torrey & A. Gray +
Southern shortia +
Ga. +, N.C. +, S.C. +, Tenn. +  and Va. +
200-700 m +
Moist slopes and ravines, stream banks, rock outcrops and cliffs, rich hardwoods, commonly under hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), white pine (Pinus strobus), or tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), Rhododendron maximum, R. minus, and Kalmialatifolia +
Flowering Mar–Apr. +
Amer. J. Sci. Arts +
Illustrated +, Endemic +  and Conservation concern +
Sherwoodia galacifolia +
Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia +
Shortia galacifolia +
variety +