*Vernicia fordii (Hemsley) Airy Shaw. Phen: Mar-Apr; Apr-Aug. Hab: Planted for the oil and for ornament, now extensively naturalized in moist to dry upland forests, bottomland forests, and disturbed areas. Dist: Native of c. and w. China. Naturalized on the Gulf Coastal Plain from former plantations; planted and showing a tendency to naturalize in the Coastal Plain of NC (Mount Olive, Wayne Co.; A.J. Bullard, pers. comm.).
Origin/Endemic status: E. and se. Asia
Synonymy: = Ar, FNA12, K3, K4, Govaerts, Frodin, & Radcliffe-Smith (2000), Stuppy et al (1999); = Aleurites fordii Hemsl. – WH3; = n/a – RAB