Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Jerusalem-oak - Dysphania botrys   (L.) Mosyakin & Clemants
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Author(L.) Mosyakin & Clemants
DistributionThere are 2 specimens at the SERNEC Data Portal: 1885 in eastern NC and 1941 at the Agr. Exp. Sta. in Washington County. BONAP maps it in New Hanover and Carteret counties; RAB (1968) state that it was collected in the "Wilmington area."

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. throughout most of southern Canada and the U.S.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatSeaport ballast, weed along fence line.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-October.
IdentificationJerusalem-oak has leaves that only vaguely look like an oak. The plants grow up to 2 feet tall and have gland-tipped hairs. the leaves are 1.5 inches long, with 2-3 blunt lobes on each side. The inflorescences are axillary and terminal, and they are very long -- up to 10 inches. It does not look like any other plant in NC; it seems to consist of a number of erect to ascending, wand-like "branches" that are mostly the inflorescences.
Taxonomic CommentsLong known as Chenopodium botrys.

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