Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

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Global Range: Alabama and Tennessee, southwestern Missouri, northwestern Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma to central Texas.

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Ecology

Habitat

Comments: On limestone outcrops in deciduous forests; e.g. Postoak- Blackjack forest, oak-pine forest.

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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: 81 to >300

Comments: Globally, perhaps as few as 200 EOs or as many as 1000 (E. Bridges, TN).

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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: N4 - Apparently Secure

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G4 - Apparently Secure

Reasons: Range is rather narrow, populations are possibly stable, though not common -- needs more fieldwork.

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Wikipedia

Cotinus obovatus

Cotinus obovatus syn. C. americanus (chittamwood, American smokewood) is one of two species of flowering plant in the genus Cotinus of the family Anacardiaceae, native to the southeastern USA. It is a deciduous, conical shrub growing to 10 m (33 ft) tall by 8 m (26 ft) broad, with oval leaves up to 12 cm (5 in) long. It produces panicles of pink-grey flowers in summer, and its foliage turns a brilliant scarlet in autumn (fall). The smokey effect derives from the clusters of hairs on the spent flower stalks.[1] It is cultivated in gardens and parks in temperate regions.[2][3]

The Latin specific epithet obovatus means "in the shape of an inverted egg", and refers to the broadly oval shape of the leaves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cotinus obovatus". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Cotinus obovatus". Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
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Names and Taxonomy

Taxonomy

Comments: Distinct species; only native North American species of a small relict genus with one Eurasian and one Sino-taxon.

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