Carya glabra

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Common name: pignut hickory [1]

Carya glabra
Carya glabra AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Juglandales
Family: Juglandaceae
Genus: Carya
Species: C. glabra
Binomial name
Carya glabra
Natural range of Carya glabra from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Carya glabra var. glabra, Carya glabra var. megacarpa (Sargent) Sargent, Carya ovalis (Wangenheim) Sargent var. hirsuta (W.W. Ashe) Sargent, Hicoria glabra (P. Miller) Britton var. glabra, Hicoria glabra (P. Miller) Britton var. hirsuta W.W. Ashe, Hicoria austrina Small

Subspecies: Carya ovalis


C. glabra is a perennial tree of the Juglandaceae family native to North America and Canada. [1]


C. glabra is found in the southeastern corner of the United States, as well as the Ontario region of Canada. [1]



C. glabra is found in a wide variety of forests and woodlands, but most often non-wetland areas. [2] It has also been found along moist roadsides. [3]


C. glabra has been observed flowering all months of the year with the exception of January. [4]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by consumption by vertebrates. [5]

Fire ecology

C. glabra is not fire resistant, but has a medium fire tolerance. [1]

Use by animals

C. glabra is not highly palatable to grazing or browsing animals, but is highly palatable to humans. [1]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 USDA Plant Database
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: L. B. Trott, Donald E. Stone, H. Kurz, L. Baltzell, A. F. Clewell, S. W. Leonard, - Thompson, Robert K. Godfrey, Patricia Elliot, Loran C. Anderson, K. Craddock Burks, D. B. Ward, D. Burch. States and counties: Wakulla County Florida, Escambia County Florida, Liberty County Florida, Marion County Florida, Madison County Florida, Franklin County Florida, Walton County Florida, Santa Rosa County Florida, Leon County Florida, Gadsden County Florida, Hernando County Florida, Taylor County Florida, Okaloosa County Florida, Jefferson County Florida, Suwannee County Florida, Hamilton County Florida, Hardee County Florida, Levy County Florida, Sarasota County Florida, Columbia County Florida
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 17 MAY 2018
  5. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.