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Crataegus lepida Beadle. Pygmy Hawthorn. Phen: Apr; Aug-Sep. Hab: Xeric, sandy soils of open pinelands, wiregrass-dominated roadsides and forest edges, oak-pine scrub. Dist: S. GA south to c. peninsular FL

ID notes:C. lepida is distinctive in bearing a preponderance of oval to orbicular, 1-2 cm leaves, short thorns and a dwarfish habit.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: The entity Crataegus condigna Beadle may represent an intermediate form of Crataegus lepida with Crataegus ravenelii Sargent; placed as a priority name for C. ravenelii in FNA9.

Synonymy: = FNA9, Lance (2014); = n/a – RAB; > Crataegus condigna Beadle – K1, S13; > Crataegus lepida Beadle – S13

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