Epigaea repens L. - Trailing arbutus

Epigaea repens plant

Family - Ericaceae

Stems:

Epigaea repens stem

Leaves:

Epigaea repens leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Epigaea repens calyx

Epigaea repens flowers

Flowering - February - May.

Habitat - Sandy and rocky xeric woodlands.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found mainly in the northern half of Alabama. The plant can be indentified by its hispid, creeping stems, alternate, rounded leaves, and whitish-pink flowers. The plant is often ovelooked.
The genus name Epigaea derives from the Greek "epi" meaning "upon, beside, over" and "gaea" meaning "the earth" referring to the growth habit of the plant.
The species epithet repens derives from the Latin "repen" meaning "creeping" again referring to the growth habit of the plant.

Alabama Distribution:

Epigaea repens map

Photographs taken at Moss Creek Preserve, Hoover, AL., 3-11-06.


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