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Crataegus pulcherrima Ashe var. opima (Beadle) R.W. Lance. Broad-leaved Beautiful Hawthorn. Phen: Apr; Sep-Oct. Hab: Hardwood and hardwood-pine forests, ravines, mesic slopes. Dist: Sw. GA, s. & c. AL, MS, e. TX.

ID notes: This variety displays proportionally broader foliage than the typical variety, and usually has shallow, obtuse or rounded lobes.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: Broadly defined, this variety incorporates several marginally distinct species described by Beadle, some of which are upheld as species in Phipps (2014d).

Synonymy: = Lance (2014); = Crataegus opima Beadle – FNA9; > Crataegus abstrusa Beadle – S13; > Crataegus illustris Beadle – S13; > Crataegus inanis Beadle – K1, S13; > Crataegus opima Beadle – S13, Phipps, O'Kennon, & Dvorsky (2006); < Crataegus pulcherrima Ashe – K3, S13, Phipps, O'Kennon, & Dvorsky (2006); > Crataegus pulcherrima Ashe – K1

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