Plant Genera


Family Code: HAMAME
Genus Code: FOTHE
Genus CN: witchalder
Genus Authority: L.
Genus Summary: A genus of 3 species, shrubs, of temperate e. North America.
Genus Identification: Identification notes: Fothergilla major often occurs with Hamamelis virginiana, with which it is easily confused in vegetative condition; a reliable character is the base of the lateral veins (marginal in Fothergilla, included in leaf tissue in Hamamelis). Most of the cultivated material of Fothergilla, including the best known cultivar ‘Mount Airy,’ are Fothergilla ×intermedia Ranney & Fantz, a pentaploid hybrid of tetraploid F. gardenii and hexaploid F. major (Ranney et al. 2007; Darke 2008).
Genus References: Qi et al. (2015); Meyer in FNA (1997); Weaver (1969)=Z; Darke (2008); Ranney et al. (2007); Endress in Kubitzki, Rohwer, & Bittrich (1993).
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