Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Tamala palustris Rafinesque. Swamp Bay. Phen: May-Jun; Sep-Oct. Hab: Swamps, pocosins, bay forests, maritime forests, generally in wet peaty soils, but also in fairly dry, sandy soils in maritime forests. Dist: DE, e. MD, and se. VA south to s. FL and west to se. TX; Bahamas.

ID notes: Though variable in amount of hairs on the leaves, the hairs of T. palustris are always of a distinctly different character than those of T. borbonia (see key).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = Persea palustris – C, Fl2, FNA3, G, GW2, K1, K3, K4, Va, WH3, Godfrey (1988), Shearman, Wang, & Mayfield (2022); = Tamala pubescens – S; < Persea borbonia – Bah, F, RAB, Tx

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image of plant© Jay Horn source