Elliottia racemosa Muhl. ex Elliott
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
USDA Symbol: ELRA2
One of the rarest native trees, Elliottia is alone in a distinct genus. It is apparently now extinct at the one locality in South Carolina where it had been collected in 1853. Fairly extensive local stands have been found in Georgia, although in that state it is classified as rare. Elliottia honors Stephen Elliott (1771-1830), botanist of South Carolina and probably the discoverer of this plant.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Ovate
Leaf Apex: Acuminate , Acute , Mucronate
Leaf Base: Cuneate
Inflorescence: Panicle , Raceme , Terminal
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: GA , SC
Native Distribution: Local in 8 counties of E. and SE. Georgia, at 100-400 (30-122 m).
Native Habitat: Moist, sandy, acid soils near streams and sometimes on dry ridges, in woods.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Elliottia racemosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Elliottia racemosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Elliottia racemosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2018-07-20
Research By: TWC Staff