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Promoting Botanical Interest &

Castanea Journal began publication in 1936. 

In 1993 we added the Chinquapin Newsletter as a quarterly publication for our members.

Generations of botanists and supporters have made possible an 83 year legacy of contributions to scientific literature.

Castanea serves professional and amateur botanists by reviewing and publishing scientific papers related to botany in the Eastern United States

We welcome article submissions from members and nonmembers, students and professionals. 

Learn more about our peer-review process, submitting papers, and other publication details.

Castanea and the Chinquapin newsletter are publications of our sponsor organization, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.

Castanea takes its name from the genus of the American Chestnut tree, Castanea dentata. This now critically endangered tree once made up 35% of the Eastern forests before being devastated by a blight that destroyed up to 4 billion American Chestnut trees.

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Our archives provide members digital access to Castanea, Chinquapin (the SABS newsletter), and Occasional Papers in Eastern Botany.

Castanea was first published in 1936 by The Southern Appalachian Botanical Club and is now in its 84th volume.

In 1993 the Society began publishing Chinquapin, which carries letters to the editor, endowment news, wild ideas, botanical gardens, notes on specific plants, botanical excursions and other exciting topics.


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Articles from our Current Issue

Noteworthy Collection: Florida

Xyris correlliorum, a rare species endemic to Highlands County, Florida, had not been seen there since 1996. This collection confirms that X. correlliorum is extant. Relevant aspects of this plant are also documented.

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The Complete Plastid Genome of Neottia bifolia (Raf.) Baumbach (Orchidaceae): Insights Into Chlorophyllous and Achlorophyllous Plastid Genomes

Neottia bifolia is a small, terrestrial orchid distributed across the southeastern United States and northward up the Atlantic coast into Canada. The genus is well-studied as a model for the evolution of mycoheterotrophy, having both chlorophyllous and putatively achlorophyllous taxa. Despite this, the photosynthetic species, N. bifolia is relatively understudied.

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A New Species of Clinopodium (Lamiaceae) from Alabama

Clinopodium talladeganum B.R. Keener & Floden is described as a new species from the Talladega Mountains, Alabama, United States. Morphological differences were compared and analyzed using PCA which supported it as a distinct morphological cluster when compared to the sympatric C. georgianum. An updated key to the genus is provided

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Noteworthy Collections: North Carolina

We report seven collections of upright chickweed, Moenchia erecta (Caryophyllaceae), from Guilford County, North Carolina. These appear to be the first reports of this species in the state, the first collections in the southeast since 1958, and the first collections east of the Mississippi River since 1993.

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Changes in Herbaceous Species Variables After Enhanced Hunting Effort for White-tailed Deer in Soldiers Delight Serpentine Ecosystem in Maryland

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area and Wildlands, a biodiversity hotspot in the Maryland piedmont, conserves an endangered serpentine oak savanna (“barren”) ecosystem with numerous rare, threatened, and endangered species. White-tailed deer became conspicuous during daylight hours circa 1994. In 2008, a helicopter-mounted forward-looking infrared camera (FLIR) survey estimated 36 deer/km2

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