Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Fever-tree
Pinckneya bracteata
Rubiaceae

Leaves are simple, opposite, deciduous, large, elliptical and hairy underneath. Twigs are red-brown and hairy with prominent lenticels. Bark is brown and scaly. Flowers are surrounded by rose to pale pink, showy sepals. Fruit is a woody, bumpy capsule that splits in half. Form is usually a shrub or a tree up to 6 m (20 ft) and is found in swamps and bogs of the southeastern Coastal Plain. In the past, the inner bark was used as a home remedy to treat fevers.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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