Regularity: Regularly occurring
Global Range: Recently described. Apparently endemic to southern Mississippi, and currently known only from Perry County (Leonard 2006).
Comments: Occurs beneath canopies of pine/mixed deciduous hardwoods and mixed longleaf/loblolly pine secondary growth forests. Topographic settings include a shallow flat-bottom ravine and adjacent low slopes, upper slopes, crests of ridges, and level areas. Soil at the ravine site is loamy. Associated species include Pinus taeda, Pinus palustris, Carya tomentosa, Nyssa sylvatica, Quercus falcata, Magnolia macrophylla, Cornus florida, Sassafras albidum, Ilex vomitoria, Ilex opaca, Liquidambar styraciflua, Vaccinium arboreum, Vaccinium elliottii, Morella cerifera, Callicarpa americana, Tridens flavus var. chapmanii, Chasmanthium sessiliflorum, Sorghastrum elliottii, Smilax pumila, Mitchella repens, Berchemia scandens, and Vitis rotundifolia (Leonard 2006).
Number of Occurrences
Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.
Estimated Number of Occurrences: 1 - 20
Comments: According to Leonard (2006), occurs in scattered small colonies, of which at least two dozen have been located. In total, known colonies comprise two mapped populations (H. Sullivan, pers. comm., 2007).
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Hamamelis ovalis
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hamamelis ovalis
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
Reasons: A recently-discovered species, first found in 2004 and published in 2006. At least two dozen small, scattered colonies have been located, comprising a total of two mapped populations. Apparently endemic to southern Mississippi, and currently known only from Perry County. Reported from Alabama.
Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Discovered in 2004 and described in 2006 (Leonard 2006). Some characteristics suggest an affinity with H. vernalis, but this taxon is readily differentiated from all other species of Hamamelis by its large leaves.
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