||Crataegus aemula Beadle , Rome's Hawthorn at the Coosa Valley Prairies,|
Floyd County, Northwest Georgia
(April 08 and 10, 2008.)
Scientific name: Crataegus aemula Beadle
Common name: Rome's Hawthorn
Family: Rosacae; Rose
Flowering period: April
Fruiting period: September
Type locality: Rome, Floyd Co., Georgia
Herbarium specimens: Collections at Cambridge, MA, New York, NY, and Washington, DC
Comments: In 1899 this species was discovered in Rome, Georgia by
Chauncey D. Beadle (1866-1950), a botanist from the Biltmore Herbarium in North Carolina.
"A shrub or small tree 3-5 m tall
with a short, slender trunk
covered with smooth or slightly fissured and scaly dark gray or
brownish bark, the ascending or spreading branches forming
an irregular crown: spines 3-5 cm long, chestnut-brown or gray,
or frequently larger and compound : leaves broadly ovate, oval or
suborbicular, the blades 3-5 cm long, 1,5-4 cm wide, acute at
the apex, rounded or contracted at the base, the margins serrate
and incised ; they are sparsely pubescent on the upper surface at
the time of unfolding, smoother beneath, but showing some short,
scattered hairs along the midrib and principal veins,
becoming in age glabrous or glabrate: petioles 5 mm- 1.5 cm long,
pubescent, at least when young, margined, glandular: flowers 14-18 mm
wide, appearing when the leaves are about half grown, usually about
the 20th of April; they are borne in subsimple, 5-10-flowered
corymbs - pedicels and hypanthium sparsely pubescent: sepals
lanceolate, about 4 mm long, glandular-serrate or
pectinately-glandular: stamens normally 10, rarely 12,
the anthers purple - fruit, which ripens and falls early in September,
globose or subglobose, 10-13 mm in diameter, red at maturity,
the flesh firm : nutlets 3-5, 5-7 mm long, the lateral surfaces plane
and the back either smooth or shallowly grooved and ridged:
hypostyle about two-thirds as long as the ventral angle." -Chauncey D. Beadle, 1902.
Acknowledgment: John King, a representative of The Campbell Group, L.L.C. provided me with written permission to enter the property of the Coosa Valley Prairies in Floyd County, and I am very grateful.
Ron Lance, a hawthorns specialist from North Carolina identified this specimen in 2004 when we were searching for Crataegus aemula Beadle in Floyd County Georgia.
Last updated on January 7, 2013.
1.Beadle, Chauncey D. " Notes on the Botany of the Southeastern States,II." Biltmore Botanical Studies, A Journal of Botany, Embracing Papers by The Director and Associates of the Biltmore Herbarium 1. (1902a.) : 53-54
2. Images by Zvezdana Ukropina-Crawford
Botanical Explorations in Floyd County, Georgia
HAWTHORNS: Type specimens (1897-1910)
FLATWOODS: The Floyd County
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Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.