Crataegus pexa Beadle. Phen: Late Mar-Apr; Sep-Oct. Hab: Longleaf pine sandhills, other xeric or subxeric forests, pine and oak scrublands, and disturbed woodlands. Dist: Sc. NC south to n. FL, west to s. and c. AL; one population in Southampton County, VA (Lance 2014). This taxon is locally common in Cumberland County, NC.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Taxonomy Comments: Similar to C. munda Beadle but differing by longer thorns (3-5 cm) and a taller habit (1-3 m). C. cuthbertii Ashe may represent an intermediate between C. pexa and C. ravenelii Sargent.
Synonymy: = FNA9, S13, Phipps, O’Kennon, & Lance (2003); = Crataegus munda Beadle var. pexa (Beadle) Lance – Lance (2014); < Crataegus flava Aiton – K3, RAB, W; > Crataegus geniculata Ashe – S13; > Crataegus invicta Beadle – K1, S13; > Crataegus yadkinensis Beadle – S13