Wednesday, July 28, 2010

American Snowbell (Styrax americanus)

Styrax americanus is known by the common names American Snowbell or American Storax. So far, I’ve only seen it at Fort Yargo State Park where at least one plant is growing along the shore of the lake (segment 2). I couldn’t get too close to it but managed to reach over and get some photos. It is a strikingly beautiful flower.

The flower, from several angles.

The leaves.

Stryax americanus
(American Snowbell) is native to the southeastern United States. It grows from Virginia south to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma as well as in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database:
Styrax americanus (American Snowbell)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Styrax americanus

Identification resources:
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Styrax americanus

Alabama Plants: Styrax americanus

Related posts: - 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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