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Tilia americana var. caroliniana (P. Mill.) Castigl.
Carolina basswood, Small-leaved basswood, Downy linden
Synonyms: Tilia pubescens
USDA Symbol: TIAMC
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Found on stream banks, infrequent. Leaves up to 5 inches long, blade broadly ovate with toothed margins, tip emerging rather abruptly from the blade, base of blade at an oblique angle to the petiole, flat to somewhat lobed. Flowers and fruits in a cluster emerging from the midpoint of a distinctive bract up to 4 inches long by an inch wide. Flowers white to yellowish; fruit spherical, about 1/4 inch in diameter when mature.
Carolina Basswood, found at low altitudes, is the southernmost basswood variety. It is uncommon and usually of small size. The wood is of limited value, but like all basswoods, it is a useful honey plant.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX Native Distribution:
South Carolina south to Florida, west to Texas and north to Oklahoma and Missouri. Native Habitat:
Moist soils of valleys and rocky uplands; in hardwood forests. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2012-10-13
Research By: TWC Staff