Lyonia mariana (L.) DC.

Lyonia mariana plant

Family - Ericaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Lyonia mariana stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Lyonia mariana leaves

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Lyonia mariana flowersFlowers.

Lyonia mariana flowersInside view.

Flowering - May - June.

Habitat - Sandy pine-oak woods.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This attractive, shrubby species is very rare in Missouri and can only be found in one Ozark county. The plant reaches the westernmost portion of its range in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. It is much more common in the eastern U.S.
L. mariana is easy to identify in flower because of its large, tubular, white flowers which hang in groups. The leaves of the plant have been reported as being toxic.

Photographs taken at the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, NC., 4-27-03.


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