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Nyssa ursina Small. Bear Tupelo, Apalachicola Tupelo. Phen: Apr-Jun; Aug-Oct. Hab: Stringers, flatwoods depressions. Dist: Endemic to Panhandle FL (Apalachicola lowlands region; Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Liberty, and Wakulla counties).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: A 1-3 m tall shrub or small tree, intricately branched, related to N. biflora. Because of the co-occurrence of this and N. biflora in the FL Panhandle, it seems best to recognize this taxon at the species level.

Synonymy: = FNA12, K1, K3, K4, S, Burckhalter (1992); Nyssa biflora Walter ssp. 1 – Zhou et al (2018); = Nyssa biflora Walter var. ursina (Small) D.B.Ward – Ward (2008b); = Nyssa sylvatica Marshall var. ursina (Small) Wen & Stuessy – Wen & Stuessy (1993); < Nyssa sylvatica Marshall var. biflora (Walter) Sarg. – Fl5, GW2, WH3, Eyde (1966)

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Heliophily: 6

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