Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Carya laciniosa (F. Michaux) W.P.C. Barton. Kingnut Hickory, Big Shellbark Hickory. Phen: Apr-May; Oct. Hab: Bottomland forests, hardwood flatwoods, swamps; rarely in mesic upland forests and on rich lower slopes. Dist: NY and s. ON west to IA, south to NC, nw. GA, MS, and OK.

ID notes: Leaf rachises tend to curl up and persist throughout the winter (bare of leaflets, which senesce and drop), creating a distinctive look.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = Ar, C, F, FNA3, G, GrPl, GW2, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, Mo3, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, Tn, Tx, W; = Hicoria laciniosa – S

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image of plant© Richard & Teresa Ware
image of plant© Richard & Teresa Ware