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Noted botanists John and William Bartram were the first to come across Franklinia on October 1, 1765 along the Altamaha (formerly Alatamaha) River near Fort Barrington, Georgia (Fry 2000, Tredici 2005). It was last observed growing in nature in 1803, and has long been extinct in the wild.
Coons, Janice; Coutant, Nancy; and Whiteside, Wesley, "Franklinia alatamaha" (2011). Plants by Genus Species. 9.