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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 124. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Status: Native


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2. Hamamelis virginiana L. (Eastern witch-hazel, American witch-hazel)

Pl. 425 a–c; Map 1900

Plants shrubs to 6 m tall, suckering but without underground runners. Twigs sparsely to moderately stellate-hairy. Leaves turning yellow to orangish yellow and generally falling promptly in the autumn. Petioles 7–18 mm long. Leaf blades 9–15 cm long, 5–10 cm wide, ovate to obovate, the base strongly asymmetrical, rounded to cordate on 1 side, narrowed on the other, the tip broadly and bluntly tapered or narrowed, the undersurface pale green but not glaucous. Flowers faintly fragrant. Petals 15–20 mm long when fresh (shrinking to 8–12 mm long in the herbarium), generally yellow, rarely reddish,. Staminodes strongly broadened toward the tip. 2n=24. (September–)November–December.

Scattered in the eastern portion of the Ozark Division, with a disjunct occurrence in Barry County (eastern U.S. west to Minnesota and Texas; Canada). Wooded slopes, flats, and creek banks, on limestone and granite.

Rebman and Weber (1988) discussed the disjunct occurrence of this species in southwestern Missouri and speculated that other populations may exist in the south-central Ozarks.



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