Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Halesia diptera J. Ellis
- Family: Storax (Styracaceae)
- Flowering: April-May
- Field Marks: Silver-bells are recognized by their showy, white, bell-shaped flowers. This one
differs from others by its broadly 2-winged fruits.
- Habitat: Rich wooded bluffs, bottomland forests, steep ravines, hammocks.
- Habit: Tree up to 45 feet tall; bark furrowed, breaking up into thin, narrow plates.
- Twigs: Slender, gray, usually hairy; pith diaphragmed.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, oval to obovate, pointed at the tip, tapering or somewhat rounded
at the base, irregularly toothed, the teeth gland-tipped, sparsely hairy on both surfaces, paler on
the lower surface.
- Flowers: Few in drooping clusters, white, up to 1 1/2 inches long.
- Sepals: 4, green, hairy, united to form a short tube.
- Petals: 4, white, united for part of their length, up to 1 1/2 inches long.
- Stamens: 8-16.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Capsules broadly 2-winged, up to 2 1/4 inches long, up to 1 inch broad, broadly elliptic
- Notes: There is considerable variation in flower size and leaf hairiness. This species makes a
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