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Clethra tomentosa Lamarck. Downy Sweet-pepperbush, Downy White-alder. Hab: Pocosins, swamps, streambanks. Dist: E. SC south to FL, and west to e. LA (east of the Mississippi River).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: If recognized at varietal rank, the correct name is var. pubescens Aiton, which predates var. tomentosa (Lamarck) Michaux (Sleumer 1967b, Wilbur 1970b).

Synonymy: = FNA8, S; = Clethra alnifolia L. var. pubescens Aiton – K4, Sleumer (1967b); = Clethra alnifolia L. var. tomentosa (Lam.) Michx. – RAB; < Clethra alnifolia L. – Fl5, GW2, K1, K3, WH3

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 7

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