in Linnaeus, Syst. Veg. ed. 13, 418. 1774.
Illustrator: John Myers
Copyright: Flora of North America Association
Shrubs, 3-10 (-20) dm; branches slender. Leaves: stipules 1.5-4 (-6.1) mm; petioles 3-8 (-12) mm. Leaf-blade elliptic-oblong, obovate, or somewhat orbiculate, symmetric, 1.9-6 × 1.3-4.5 cm, base rounded to truncate, rarely oblique, proximal margins entire, distal margins dentate and mucronate-toothed or entire, apex acute to obtuse or rounded; surfaces abaxially glaucous or green, adaxially green, both surfaces stellate-pubescent; veins 4-5 pairs. Inflorescences sessile or short-pedunculate, 1.5-4.2 × 1.5-3.5 cm. Flowers: calyx lobes obsolete in fruit; stamens 12-24; filaments 4-12 mm. Fruiting spikes 2.3-4.3 × 1.5-2 cm. Capsules 6-12 mm. Seeds 4-6 mm, apex blunt. 2n = 48.
Phenology: Flowering spring (Mar–May).
Habitat: Sandy pine woods, sphagnum swamps and bogs, Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains
Elevation: 0-185 m
Ala., Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C.
Nomenclaturally Fothergilla alnifolia Linnaeus f. is illegitimate.
"longest" is not a number."dm" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.