loblolly bay
Gordonia lasianthu
  • ALTERNATE COMMON NAME: holly bay, loblollybay gordonia
  • LEAVES: simple; alternate; thick and leathery
  • FLOWER: perfect, solitary; axillary to close-set leaves on the current year's twigs
  • FRUIT: hard, woody, five-valved capsule; approximately 0.6 inches long; each valve contains 4 to 8 flat, winged seeds
  • TWIGS:
  • BARK: mature bark: rough, thin; interlaced with flat-topped ridges, separated by narrow furrows
  • FORM: medium-sized tree, or shrub; evergreen; grows up to 65 feet; narrow conical to columnar crown
  • HABITAT: southern floodplain forest; with southern mixed hardwoods: oak-pine-cypress-gum
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative Wetland (FACW): Usually occurs in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: continuously along the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal plains from North Carolina to the Florida panhandle
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