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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Field Guide Overview

Dominant Flora of the Ground Cover in Pine Forests of the Apalachicola National Forest

Genus/Species Magnolia virginiana Common Name Sweetbay
Family MAGNOLIACEAE Acronym SWBA
Description

Shrub or tree with leaves alternate, evergreen, leathery, elliptic-oblong to ovate, blades 5-15 cm, pale medium green above, soft appressed white, silky hairs beneath; flowers May-June; scarlet, fleshy seeds aggregated on conelike follicles.