The Hamamelis Virginiana
is commonly known as Witch-hazel
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Witch-hazel occurs throughout the northeastern and southeastern United
States. It extends from the Appalachian Mountains south to the northern
Florida Panhandle and west from the mountains into Indiana, Illinois,
Iowa, Minnesota, western Kentucky, eastern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma,
and eastern Texas. At its northern limit, witch-hazel ranges along the
southern border of Canada from southern Ontario to southern Nova Scotia
The currently accepted scientific name for witch-hazel is Hamamelis
virginiana L. [24
]. Two varieties are recognized: the typical variety,
Hamamelis virginiana var. virginiana and the "prairie peninsula"
variety, Hamamelis virginiana var. parvifolia Nutt. [3
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Coladonato, Milo. 1993. Hamamelis virginiana. 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.