Kolkwitzia amabilis Graebner

Locations ofKolkwitzia amabilis Graebner in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Kolkwitzia amabilis Graebner
Common Name
Linnaea amabilis (Graebner) Christenhusz
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Not in Flora of Virginia.
Kolkwitzia amabilis is an old-fashioned ornamental shrub that is adventive in Virginia. Although sparingly escaped, it has been found in several counties and has also been noted in some numbers on the Kentucky side of Cumberland Mountain near Cumberland Gap. It is clearly quite shade-tolerant and capable of establishing locally in open forests and edge habitats.

Christenhusz (2013; Phytotaxa 125: 25-32) proposed subsuming Kolkwitzia and several other genera in Linnaea. However, two recent molecular studies argue against this. See Landrein et al. 2012, Bot. Jour. of the Linnean Soc. 169: 692-713; and Wang et al. 2015, PLOS ONE | DOI: 10:1371/journal.pone.0116485.
Thin forests, forest edges, fencerows. Adventive; it remains to be seen whether this species will become more fully naturalized.
Native Status

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