Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Cornus amomum Mill.
- Family: Dogwood (Cornaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: The distinguishing features of this dogwood are the smooth upper leaf surfaces
and its brown pith.
- Habitat: Swamps, along rivers and streams, wet thickets.
- Habit: Shrub, usually with several upright or
arching stems, up to 15 feet tall.
- Stems: Woody, hairy when young but usually becoming smooth
with age, green at first but becoming reddish or purplish; pith brown.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, ovate
to lance-ovate, pointed at the tip, rounded or sometimes tapering to the base, without teeth, usually
smooth on the upper surface, red- or gray-hairy on the lower surface, up to 4 inches long, up to 3
inches wide; leaf stalks usually hairy.
- Flowers: Several in flat-topped cymes, the branches of the
- Sepals: 4, green, united below, hairy, the lobes minute.
- Petals: 4, white, free from each other, very slender and pointed, up to 1/4 inch long.
- Stamens: 4.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Drupes blue, sometimes creamy-mottled, spherical, up to 1/3 inch in diameter.
- Notes: The venation of the leaves is arcuate, typical of all dogwoods.
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