Crataegus mollis (Torrey & A. Gray) Scheele var. meridionalis (Sargent) Lance. Phen: Mar-Apr; Oct-Nov. Hab: Prairies, streamsides, scrubland. Dist: Rare and sporadic in central and s. AL and MS, primarily distributed in the Black Belt / Jackson Prairie ecoregion.
ID notes: This southern form of C. mollis is distinguished by its elliptical, unlobed leaves; the range is east-peripheral to the range of typical C. mollis.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Synonymy: = FNA9, K1; = Crataegus meridionalis Sarg.; < Crataegus mollis (Torr. & A.Gray) Scheele – K3