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Buckleya distichophylla (Nuttall) Torrey. Piratebush. Phen: Apr-May; Jul-Oct. Hab: Dry or rocky bluffs and slopes, usually with pines or hemlock, and most common in scrubby pine-oak/heath woodlands, also rich woods and stream banks. Dist: A Southern Appalachian endemic: sw. VA south through ne. TN to sw. NC, in the western edge of the Blue Ridge and to the west in the Ridge and Valley.

ID notes:The branches, with their neat and distichous array of simple leaves, are often mistaken for a compound leaf.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: Buckleya distichophylla is apparently parasitic on a variety of hosts – not limited to Tsuga, as has sometimes been reported. Huish, Manow, & McMullen (2015) discuss its reproductive biology.

Synonymy: = C, F, FNA12, G, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, Tn, Va, W, Carvell & Eshbaugh (1982)

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