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Crataegus aprica Beadle. Sunny Hawthorn. Phen: Late Mar-Apr; Sep. Hab: Upland pine forests, pine-oak forests, mixed hardwood forests over rocky or sandy substrates, abandoned fields, roadsides. Dist: Se. VA and NC south to s. GA and n. FL, west to e. AL. This species is most common in the upper Piedmont and Southern Appalachians of NC and SC, and sporadic in the Coastal Plain.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: The 10 stamens separate this species from the closely related and similar C. sororia, and both these taxa have long been included under the collective name of C. flava Aiton in many earlier treatments (see discussion of C. flava).

Synonymy: = FNA9, Tn, W, Lance (2014), Phipps & Dvorsky (2007); > Crataegus aprica Beadle – S13; < Crataegus flava Aiton – RAB; > Crataegus shallotte Ashe – Ashe (1900c)

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