Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Shortia galacifolia Torrey & A. Gray. Southern Shortia, Oconee Bells. Phen: Mar-Apr; Jul-Aug. Hab: On moist slopes, creekbanks, and rock outcrops in humid escarpment gorges with high rainfall, generally in deep shade under Rhododendron maximum and R. minus, at elevations (in NC) of 350-650m. Dist: This species occurs in Transylvania and Jackson counties, NC, Oconee and Pickens counties, SC, and Rabun County, GA, where it occurs in the remarkable escarpment gorges region, at elevations from 200-650m (formerly at lower elevations, now submerged under Lake Jocassee).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = K4, Gaddy et al (2019); = Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia – FNA8, K1, K3, NE, Davies (1952); < Sherwoodia galacifolia – S; < Shortia galacifolia – C, G, RAB, W, Hatley (1977), Scott & Day (1983)

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