Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Camphor-tree - Camphora officinarum   Nees
Members of Lauraceae:
Only member of Camphora in NC.
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DistributionThere are no collections of escaped or established trees in NC. Collections from Carteret and Orange counties are of cultivated plants. Weakley (2018) says "in NC, reported for Moore County", though the website editors have no further data.

Native of eastern Asia; in N.A. mostly on the Gulf Coastal Plain, and GA to NC.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatDisturbed areas, but NC habitat is not known.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-May.
IdentificationCamphor-tree is evergreen, with ovate leaves that have a drip-tip. It may be confused with Persea, but the tepals are equal in length (vs. 3 long and 3 short tepals in that genus). In fruit, Camphora has a cupule at the base of the fruit (vs. absent in Persea).
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