New York Natural Heritage Program
Big Shellbark Hickory
Carya laciniosa (Michx. f.) G. Don
Dicots
Carya laciniosa leaves David Werier
Family: Walnut Family (Juglandaceae)

State Protection: Threatened
listed species are those with: 1) 6 to fewer than 20 extant sites, or 2) 1,000 to fewer than 3,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to not less than 4 or more than 7 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) listed as threatened by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: This plant is threatened/imperiled in New York because of rarity (typically 6-20 populations or few remaining individuals) or is vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
The edible nuts of the big shellbark hickory are the largest of any hickory. They are valuable food for many wild mammals, ducks, quail and turkeys. The nuts can be collected and eaten raw or used in desserts.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are 14 known populations and seven historical populations. More survey work is needed to determine how many of these historical populations are still present. The populations range in size from a few trees up to 500+ trees. This tree is at its eastern and northern range limits in New York. It very likely has always been an uncommon member of the New York flora.

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