Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1474

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon or rare, depending on variety

Look for it in moist to wet habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
5-merous
Synsepalous calyx, lobes minute
5-lobed campanulate corolla
10 stamens
Flowers in racemes of 1-4 flowers

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Styrax americanus +   FAMILY Styracaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Styrax americanus   FAMILY Styracaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 152-02-002:
Styrax americana   FAMILY Styracaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
American Storax, American Snowbell


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_stam4_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_stam4_006_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_stpu6_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm130128_190

January    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm130330_540

March    Spartanburg County    SC

Twigs often w epidermal cracks or slits. Nodes oft swollen, or twigs zigzag, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm130330_540b

March    Spartanburg County    SC

Buds superposed, scurfy; leaf scar with one raised, roughened bundle scar, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm130430_812

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm130430_815

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Bell-shaped, white, 1/2" long flowers appear in spring to early summer, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm130430_818

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Racemes to 3" long, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm130430_897

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves narrowly elliptic to ovate or obovate, usually 2-8cm long, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0305w_11

May    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

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JK Marlow    jkm080505_065

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Chinquapin Greenway

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JK Marlow    jkm080505_068

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Chinquapin Greenway

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JK Marlow    jkm160719_004b

July    Spartanburg County    SC

USC Upstate

Fruit a pendant, drupe-like capsule with 1-3 dark seed; calyx persistent, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.