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Taxon: Cornus controversa Hemsl. ex Prain

Genus: Cornus
Family: Cornaceae subfamily: Cornoideae
Nomen number: 11548
Place of publication: Bot. Mag. 125: ad t. 8261. 1909 Jun (W. B. Hemsley, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1909:331. 1909 Oct)
Name verified on: 14-Jul-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 14-Jul-2010
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 8 in National Plant Germplasm System.

Common names:

  • giant dogwood   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • cornouiller des pagodes   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – French
  • cornouiller discuté   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – French

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Dict Gard; China Fl Ency)
  • Materials: lipids   (fide F ChinaEng)

Distributional range:

    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Kurile Islands [s.]
    China: China - Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku; Korea; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: India [n.e.?]; Nepal
    Indo-China: Vietnam

  • also cultivated


  • Aubréville, A. et al., eds. 1960–. Flore du Cambodge du Laos et du Viet-Nam. [lists as C. controversa Hemsl.].
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1959–. Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. [lists as C. controversa Hemsl.; = Bothrocaryum controversum (Hemsl.) Pojark.].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2000. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. [lists as C. controversa Hemsl.].
  • Iwatsuki, K. et al. 1993–. Flora of Japan. [= Swida controversa (Hemsl. ex Prain) Soják].
  • Matthew, K. M. & S. Alamelu. 1988. Cornaceae. In: Botanical Survey of India, Fascicles of flora of India 19:22. [= C. macrophylla Wall.].
  • Ohwi, J. 1965. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.). [lists as C. controversa Hemsl.].
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986–. European garden flora. [lists as C. controversa Hemsl.].
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition). [lists as C. controversa Hemsl.].
  • Zhong Guo & Hua Jing. 1993. China floral encyclopaedia. [lists as C. controversa Hemsl.].


Check other web resources for Cornus controversa Hemsl. ex Prain:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Cornus controversa cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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