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Gordonia lasianthus

Gordonia lasianthus (L.) Ellis

loblolly bay, gordonia

Gordonia lasianthus (Loblolly Bay)
Image ID: 9109
Image by: Ware, Richard & Teresa
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: GOLA
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Gordonia lasianthus
Include in WOTAS: 0
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2018-08-24

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: GORDO
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Gordonia
GENUS AUTHORITY: Ellis
GENUS COMMON: Gordonia
GENUS SUMMARY: As recircumscribed, a genus of 2 species, trees, of se. North America and Central America (Gordonia brandegeei H. Keng). The other 20-70 species of se. Asian trees and shrubs previously assigned to Gordonia are actually in a different tribe and should be reassigned to Polyspora (Yang et al. 2004).
GENUS IDENTIFICATION: Identification notes: Gordonia is one of the bay trees so typical of acid Coastal Plain wetlands of our area the other two being Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana of the Magnoliaceae) and Swamp Red Bay (Persea palustris of the Lauraceae). Gordonia can be distinguished from the other two species by its smooth leaves, serrate toward the tip, odorless when crushed (vs. pubescent leaves, entire-margined, aromatic when crushed). Gordonia is also distinctive in its narrow, conical crown, resembling Liriodendron or Chamaecyparis, and its medium-gray, deeply furrowed bark. Most individuals of Gordonia have at least a few orange-red leaves visible, at any season.
GENUS REFERENCES: Prince in FNA (2009); Yang et al. (2004); Stevens, Dressler, & Weitzman in Kubitzki (2004).

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: THEACE
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Theaceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: D. Don 1825
FAMILY COMMON: Tea Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: With a more circumscribed definition (excluding Pentaphylacaceae), a family of about 9 genera and 450 species, trees and shrubs, of primarily tropical and subtropical regions of the Old and New Worlds.
FAMILY REFERENCE: Prince in FNA (2009); Prince & Parks (2001); Stevens, Dressler, & Weitzman in Kubitzki (2004).

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

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DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Shrub, Tree

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LEAF RETENTION: Evergreen

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FRUITING PERIOD: Sep-Oct.

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NATIVE RANGE: southeastern United States

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GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
49 2014-0005 2014-09-24 51 View
6665 1996-0316 View
6858 1998-0064 View
7026 1998-0309 View
7609 2000-0372 2000-11-14 View
7987 2003-0039 2003-08-20 View
8008 2004-0016 View
8030 2004-0038 2004-05-24 View
8060 2004-0068 2004-09-09 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
51 HORT 2010-11-01 Poythress View
1172 HORT 2006-11-03 Walker View
1864 HORT 2006-11-01 Walker View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
64 49 27 Liloia 2014-09-23 View
65 49 48 Mixon 2014-09-23 View
9425 6665 8 NCBG staff 1996-03-28 View
9720 6858 198 NCBG staff 1997-11-07 View
9904 7026 166 NCBG staff 1998-07-25 View
10727 7609 64 NCBG staff 1997-01-01 View
11233 7987 81 NCBG staff 2003-07-31 View
11256 8008 170 NCBG staff 2003-02-20 View
11278 8030 118 NCBG staff 2001-01-01 View
11326 8060 27 NCBG staff 2003-07-17 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: GOLA
USDA Common Name: Loblolly Bay
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Tree, Shrub

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW FACW

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast

WEAKLEY FLORA

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Gordonia lasianthus
COMMON NAME: Loblolly Bay, Gordonia
SYNONYMY: [= FNA, GW, K, RAB, S, WH3]
PHENOLOGY: Jul-Sep; Sep-Oct.
HABITAT: Pocosins, bayheads, acidic, organic-rich swamp forests, wet pine savannas, bay forests.
COMMENTS: Ne. NC south to s. peninsular FL, west to s. MS (Sorrie & Leonard 1999), a Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic. Peat-filled Carolina bays and large peat dome pocosins typically have Gordonia as an important tree, surpassed in abundance and importance only by Pinus serotina. On deep peats, Gordonia individuals are stunted and reach sizes hardly larger than pocosin shrubs.
RANGE MAP: Gordonia lasianthus.png

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ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Theaceae D. Don 1825 (Tea Family)
SUMMARY: With a more circumscribed definition (excluding Pentaphylacaceae), a family of about 9 genera and 450 species, trees and shrubs, of primarily tropical and subtropical regions of the Old and New Worlds.
REFERENCE: Prince in FNA (2009); Prince & Parks (2001); Stevens, Dressler, & Weitzman in Kubitzki (2004).
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Gordonia Ellis (Gordonia)
SUMMARY: As recircumscribed, a genus of 2 species, trees, of se. North America and Central America (Gordonia brandegeei H. Keng). The other 20-70 species of se. Asian trees and shrubs previously assigned to Gordonia are actually in a different tribe and should be reassigned to Polyspora (Yang et al. 2004).
REFERENCE: Prince in FNA (2009); Yang et al. (2004); Stevens, Dressler, & Weitzman in Kubitzki (2004).

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Gordonia lasianthus in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Gordonia lasianthus in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Gordonia lasianthus in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Gordonia lasianthus in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Gordonia lasianthus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gordonia lasianthus

IMAGE USE RECORDS

ID IMAGE: 9109 - Primary Image FloraQuest Plant Detail Page (Landscape Preferred)
ID IMAGE1: 9109 - Primary Image WOTAS
ID IMAGE2: 0 - Secondary Image WOTAS
ID IMAGE3: 9109 - Primary Image Plant Sale Sign (Landscape Only)
ID IMAGE4: 0 - Primary Image New Plant Sale Label (Portrait Only)

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