Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Crataegus triflora Chapman. Threeflower Hawthorn. Phen: Apr-May; Sep-Oct. Hab: Wooded ravines, mesic slopes, limestone outcrops, flatwoods, prairies. Dist: Nw. GA to n. MS, s. to s. AL, MS; disjunct populations in prairie sites of Houston Co, GA, c. LA, s. AR (possibly in se. TN?).

ID notes: Usually a multi-stemmed shrub 1-3 m tall, rarely to 6 m. C. triflora produces some of the largest flowers in the genus (to 3 cm diameter), though frequently only 3 flowers are borne per inflorescence; occasional vigorous plants may bear 4-6 flowers per inflorescence.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = K1, W, Lance (2014); > Crataegus austromontana – FNA9, K3, S2, Tn, Phipps, Lance, & Dvorsky (2006); > Crataegus triflora – Ar, FNA9, K3, S2, Tn, Phipps, Lance, & Dvorsky (2006)

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