9 June 2015 – Maleberry – Lyonia ligustrina

(Photo of a maleberry shrub in habit.)

Previous year's seed capsules.

Previous year’s seed capsules.

Maleberry (Lyonia ligustrina (L.) DC.) is an Ericad (member of Ericaceae – Heath Family) that is found on the refuge around the margins of wetlands. Its white flowers mature into brown dry capsules which contain seeds. In the USA, it is found from Maine to Georgia on the East, and Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama on the West.

Leaves and seed capsules.

Leaves and seed capsules.

 

 

This specimen was found next to a swampy area under the BGE powerline right-of-way on the North Tract.

Inflorescence

Inflorescence

Inflorescence

Inflorescence

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