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Lyonia ligustrina (L.) DC.  


Lyonia ligustrina
Lyonia ligustrina
Photo by Renee Brecht USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Botanical name: Lyonia ligustrina (L.) DC.
Common name: maleberry
Group: dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Growth Type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 3-12'
Foliage: leaves alternate, oblong or egg-shaped
Flowers: white, 1/8" across
Flowering/fruiting time May to July
Habitat: wet thickets, sandy soils
Range in New Jersey: statewide, most abundant in the Pine barrens
Heritage ranking if any: n/a
Misc.: the seed capsule is five-parted and persistent.
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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 687.
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