CPC Plant Profile: Oconee-bells
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Oconee-bells (Shortia galacifolia)

Shortia galacifolia growing creek side at the NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC. Photo Credit: Joe-Ann McCoy
  • Global Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Diapensiaceae
  • State: GA, NC, SC, TN, VA
  • Nature Serve ID: 149979
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 01/01/1985

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Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Endemic to the southern Appalachian Mountains. The species has lost populations in the past due to horticultural collection, and multiple dam construction projects; the long-looked-for type locality is now under the waters of Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. Despite its very local distribution, the species is abundant at many of the remaining sites.

  • 01/01/2010

recorded from one county in Georgia

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Taxon Shortia galacifolia
Authority Torr. & Gray
Family Diapensiaceae
CPC Number 3950
ITIS 23800
Common Names Oconee-bells | Oconee bells
Associated Scientific Names Shortia galacifolia
State Rank
State State Rank
Georgia S1
North Carolina S2
South Carolina S3
Tennessee SNA
Virginia SNA

found in woods along mountain streams, usually growing under rosebay and mountain laurel

Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Honey bees Apis mellifera Confirmed Pollinator Link
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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