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Sweetleaf (Symplocos tinctoria) Small shrub/plant covered in a leaf spot fungus. On a forested trail. The fungus reminds me of Phyllosticta kalmicola that is found on Mountain Laurel (which WAS growing nearby). Looking into it. Geotagged,Summer,Symplocos tinctoria,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Sweetleaf (Symplocos tinctoria)

Small shrub/plant covered in a leaf spot fungus. On a forested trail. The fungus reminds me of Phyllosticta kalmicola that is found on Mountain Laurel (which WAS growing nearby). Looking into it.

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  1. Sweet! Posted 8 days ago
    1. Bahaha! Posted 8 days ago
  2. So pretty! Posted 8 days ago
    1. Thank you! The fungus has me stumped. It is on a lot of observations on iNaturalist, so I'm confused as to why I can't find any info... Posted 8 days ago

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''Symplocos tinctoria'' is a deciduous or evergreen shrub or tree. It is recognized by pith of twigs chambered; by foliage not notably aromatic when bruised, leaves finely hairy beneath. Shrubs or trees to 17 m tall by 36 cm DBH. The largest first-year twigs are under 3 mm across, terminal buds with acute tip, scales ciliate. Leaves are 7–15 cm long, margin entire or occasionally some teeth on the apical half, with a sweet taste that may be faint in old leaves. It is conspicuous when in flower;.. more

Similar species: Ericales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Sep 11, 2019. Captured Sep 8, 2019 10:44 in 234 Oakman Rd NE, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/18.0
  • 1/25s
  • ISO500
  • 100mm