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This is one of the characteristic broadleaf trees of extensive pocosins and bays.... Though evergreen, normally you can spot a few red leaves on the trees, at any season. Read more about Loblolly Bay at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Gordonia is one of the "bay trees" so typical of acid Coastal Plain wetlands of our area – the other two being Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana of the Magnoliaceae) and Swamp Red Bay (Tamala palustris of the Lauraceae). Gordonia can be distinguished from the other two species by its smooth leaves, serrate toward the tip, odorless when crushed (vs. pubescent leaves, entire-margined, aromatic when crushed), per Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 124-02-001:
Gordonia lasianthus FAMILY Theaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Loblolly Bay, Gordonia
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Keith Bradley kab_g_lasianthus_74883
June St. Johns County FL
Has a distinctly narrow and spire-like crown (much like a cedar at a distance), per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Patrick D. McMillan pdmglasinianthu_sebring2
June Polk County FL
Leaves glabrous, dark green, with blunt appressed teeth, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast (Foote & Jones, 1989).
John B. Nelson jbn_7762085352_06e1d987c6
The petals are minutely fringed. Has anybody noticed that?. — John Nelson
John B. Nelson jbn_7762085352_1c11cd7d1c
Flowers about 3" across with a ringed mass of bright yellow stamens, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Coastal Plain
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5 persistent sepals
Numerous stamens, adnate to the petals
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006) p161
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Wasowski & Wasowski, 1994, 2020) p035
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p311
- Landscaping with Native Trees (Sternberg & Wilson, 1995) p118
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast (Foote & Jones, 1989) p095
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007) p328
- Trees of the Southeastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1988) p218
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry (Porcher, 1995) p119
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition (Justice, Bell, & Lindsey, 2005) p152
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p156
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region (Sorrie, 2011) p241
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