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Hamamelis ovalis S.W. Leonard. Running Witch-hazel, Southern Red Witch-hazel, Bigleaf Witch-hazel. Phen: Late Dec-early Feb. Hab: Dry-mesic pineland ravines. Dist: Originally believed to be possibly endemic to sc. MS (Perry County) (Leonard 2006), but now found as well in five counties in s. AL (Butler, Clarke, Covington, Crenshaw, and Monroe Counties.) (Keener 2010, Diamond 2013), in e. GA (T. Patrick, pers. comm., 2015), e. TX (Lewandowski, pers. comm., 2016), and w. Panhandle FL (Loran Anderson and Steve Leonard, pers. comm. 2018).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = K3, K4, Leonard (2006); < Hamamelis vernalis Sarg. – Tx; < Hamamelis virginiana L. – Fl2, FNA3

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Hamamelis ovalis, cultivated at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia 3 by Alan Cressler source