Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

Pinckneya bracteata

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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