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Crataegus mollis (Torrey & A. Gray) Scheele var. meridionalis (Sargent) Lance. Southern Downy Hawthorn. Phen: Mar-Apr; Oct-Nov. Hab: Prairies, streamsides, scrubland. Dist: Rare and sporadic in central and s. AL and MS, primarily distributed in the Black Belt / Jackson Prairie ecoregion.

ID notes: This southern form of C. mollis is distinguished by its elliptical, unlobed leaves; the range is east-peripheral to the range of typical C. mollis.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = FNA9, K1; = Crataegus meridionalis Sarg.; < Crataegus mollis (Torr. & A.Gray) Scheele – K3

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Wetland Indicator Status:

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

Heliophily ?: 7

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image of plant© Ron Lance | Original Image ⭷
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