Swida amomum (P. Miller) Small

Locations ofSwida amomum (P. Miller) Small in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Swida amomum (P. Miller) Small
Common Name
Silky Dogwood
Cornus amomum P. Mill.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Cornus amomum P. Mill.
See comments under Swida obliqua.

Flora of the Southeastern U.S. (Weakley et al. 2023) splits traditional Cornus into several genera (Chamaepericlymenum, Benthamidia, and Swida in our area) representing major clades in phylogenetic analysis. Even though Cornus treated broadly is monophyletic, the clades are also monophyletic and diverged millions of years ago, accorrding to Yu et al. (2017, PLOS One DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0171361) and Fu et al. (2019, Molec. Phylogen. & Evol. 140: 106601). As evolutionary lineages, these clades are far older than many groups treated by taxonomists as genera and clearly merit generic status.
Floodplain forests, alluvial and tidal swamps, rocky and sandy river shores, stream banks, wet meadows, and old fields. Frequent throughout.
Native Status

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