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Agarista populifolia (Lamarck) Judd. Agarista, Pipestem. Phen: Apr-May; Sep-Oct. Hab: Blackwater swamps, hydric hammocks, marly spring runs and seepage ravines. Dist: E. SC (or se. NC?) south to ne. and c. peninsular FL.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: Reported for several locations in s. AL, likely escaped (Diamond & Woods 2009). A specimen at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NCU) is labeled as coming from a nursery, originally taken from plants in a swamp in Columbus County, NC. The record is plausible and if accepted adds the species to the state's native flora.

Synonymy: = Fl5, FNA8, K1, K3, K4, WH3, Judd (1979), Luteyn et al (1996); = Andromeda populifolia Lam.; = Leucothoe acuminata (Aiton) G.Don – S; = Leucothoe populifolia (Lam.) Dippel – GW2, RAB; = n/a – C, Pa

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW

Heliophily ?: 2

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image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷

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