Crataegus pulcherrima Ashe var. opima (Beadle) R.W. Lance. Phen: Apr; Sep-Oct. Hab: Hardwood and hardwood-pine forests, ravines, mesic slopes. Dist: Sw. GA, s. & c. AL, MS, e. TX.
ID notes:This variety displays proportionally broader foliage than the typical variety, and usually has shallow, obtuse or rounded lobes.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Taxonomy Comments: Broadly defined, this variety incorporates several marginally distinct species described by Beadle, some of which are upheld as species in Phipps (2014d).
Synonymy: = Lance (2014); = Crataegus opima Beadle – FNA9; > Crataegus abstrusa Beadle – S13; > Crataegus illustris Beadle – S13; > Crataegus inanis Beadle – K1, S13; > Crataegus opima Beadle – S13, Phipps, O'Kennon, & Dvorsky (2006); < Crataegus pulcherrima Ashe – K3, S13, Phipps, O'Kennon, & Dvorsky (2006); > Crataegus pulcherrima Ashe – K1