PALE DOGWOOD
File Size: 72 KB
 
Cornus amomum  Mill.
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Height: Shrubs, to 16 feet
Family: Cornaceae - Dogwood Family
Flowering Period:   May, June
Also Called: Swamp dogwood.
Trunks: Stems ascending to erect; bark greenish tan to reddish brown, initially smooth, eventually shallowly fissured; wood white, hard.
Twigs: Green to red, becoming grayish red to grayish brown, flexible, smooth to slightly furrowed, hairy or glabrate; leaf scars crescent-shaped; buds grayish brown, ovoid, .1 to .2 inch, apex obtuse to acute, scales hairy.
Leaves: Deciduous, opposite, simple; petiole .2 to 1.2 inch, pubescent; blade 2.4 to 3.6 inches long, .8 to 1.4 inches wide, lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, base wedge-shaped, margins entire, apex acuminate, lower surface pale green, pubescent, upper surface dark yellowish green to dark green, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, lateral veins of 3-5 pairs, more or less evenly distributed along midrib.
Flowers: Inflorescences terminal on new growth, cymes, convex to flat-topped, 50-100-flowered, 1 to 3.2 inches wide; subtending bracts numerous, minute, not petal-like; peduncles .8 to 2.4 inches; pedicels .2 to .28 inch, pubescent. Flowers bisexual, radially symmetric; hypanthium ovoid; sepals 4, connate proximally, calyx lobes greenish yellow, lanceolate to ovate, .04 to .09 inch; petals 4, inserted on nectar disk margin, lobes cream-colored, narrowly ovate to oblong, .12 to .19 inch, stamens 4, .16 to .28 inch; style 1, .08 to .16 inch.
Fruit: August–September; drupes, dark blue, spherical, .28 to .43 inch diam., sparsely pubescent; stone 1, greenish white to light brown, nearly spherical to egg-shaped, .24 to .28 inch × .2 inch, with 6-9 irregular longitudinal grooves.
Habitat: Floodplain woods, mesic upland woodlands, stream banks, marshes, prairie swales.
Distribution: East 1/3 of Kansas
Origin: Native

Pale dogwood leaf
54 KB
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Pale dogwood bud
19 KB
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Pale dogwood twig
51 KB
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Pale dogwood fruit
56 KB
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Pale dogwood flowers
73 KB
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Pale dogwood habit
88 KB
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Pale dogwood fruit
57 KB
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Pale dogwood leaves
74 KB
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas