Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

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Global Range: Recently described. Apparently endemic to southern Mississippi, and currently known only from Perry County (Leonard 2006).

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Ecology

Habitat

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).

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Population Biology

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).

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Hamamelis ovalis

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hamamelis ovalis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

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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.

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National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: N1 - Critically Imperiled

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Names and Taxonomy

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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