The Carya Illinoensis
is commonly known as Illinois Nut
, Pecan Hickory
, Soft-shelled Hickory
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Pecan grows principally in the bottomlands of the Mississippi River
valley. Its range extends westard from southern Indiana through
Illinois, southeastern Iowa, and eastern Kansas, south to central Texas,
and eastward to western Mississippi and western Tennessee. Pecan occurs
locally in southwestern Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, and central Mexico.
Its best commercial development is on river-front lands of the
Mississippi Delta and along major rivers west of the Delta to Texas
]. Pecan is cultivated in Hawaii [25
The currently accepted scientific name for pecan is Carya illinoensis
(Wangenh.) K. Koch [14
]. There are no recognized subspecies, varieties,
or forms. Pecan hybrid products are [23
C. illinoensis x C. aquatica = C. X lecontei Little
C. illinoensis x C. laciniosa = C. X nussbaumeri Sarg.
C. illinoensis x C. tomentosa = C. X schnecki Sarg.
C. illinoensis x C. cordiformis = C. X brownii Sarg.
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Coladonato, Milo. 1992. Carya illinoensis. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.