Swida racemosa (Lamarck) Moldenke

Locations ofSwida racemosa (Lamarck) Moldenke in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Swida racemosa (Lamarck) Moldenke
Common Name
Gray Dogwood
Cornus racemosa Lam.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Cornus racemosa Lam.
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.
Rich montane oak-hickory forests, clearings, seepage swamps, boggy depressions, and mafic fens; usually at middle to higher elevations. Infrequent in the mountains; very rare in the Coastal Plain and n. Piedmont.
Native Status

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