Crataegus lassa

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Common names: Bluffton Hawthorn; Sandhill Hawthorn

Crataegus lassa
Crataegus lassa SEF.jpg
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Crataegus
Species: C. lassa
Binomial name
Crataegus lassa
Natural range of Crataegus lassa from Weakley [1]

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Crataegus colonica Beadle; C. constans Beadle; C. dolosa Beadle; C. flava; C. integra Beadle; C. sodalis Beadle.[2]

Varieties: Crataegus lassa Beadle var. colonica (Beadle) R.W. Lance, C. lassa Beadle var. integra (Beadle) R.W. Lance, C. lassa Beadle var. lanata (Beadle) R.W. Lance, C. lassa Beadle var. lassa, C. lassa Beadle var. recurva (Beadle) R.W. Lance.[2]


C. lassa is a perennial shrub/tree that belongs to the Rosaceae family.[3] It is typically small and of arborescent habit [4].


The distribution of C. lassa ranges from Alabama to central North Carolina [5]



C. lassa is found in oak-pine scrub, xeric woodlands, upland scrublands, sandy uplands, and most commonly in soils of rapid drainage and deep sand.[5]. It has been observed in dry loamy sand bordering a pond, on a ridge, and other disturbed areas. [4]


C. lassa typically flowers during late March and April as well as between August and September.[5]

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References and notes

  1. Weakley, Alan S. 2015. Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States: Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 1320 pp.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  3. USDA, NRCS. (2016). The PLANTS Database (, 22 April 2019). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: May 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Helen Roth, Sidney McDaniel, Charles T Bryson, Nancy B. Bryson, John Gwaltney, and Laurie Gwaltney. States and Counties: Florida: Gadsden and Walton.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.