Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Styrax americana Lam.
- Family: Storax (Styracaceae)
- Flowering: April-May
- Field Marks: This shrub is recognized by its alternate leaves which have sparse, yellow-tipped
teeth, and its showy, drooping, white flowers.
- Habitat: Wet woods along creeks and river bottoms; margins of swamps, lakes, and ponds.
- Habit: Shrub up to 10 feet tall.
- Stems: Slender, smooth.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, oblong to oval, usually sparsely toothed with yellow-tipped teeth,
usually pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, smooth or hairy, paler on the lower surface, up to
2 1/2 inches long on stalks up to 1/3 inch long.
- Flowers: Borne in clusters, usually drooping, up to 3/4 inch across.
- Sepals: 5, green, united below to form a cup, smooth or hairy.
- Petals: 5, white, free from each other, pointed at the tip, up to 1/2 inch long.
- Stamens: 10.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Dry, spherical, finely hairy, about 1/4 inch in diameter.
- Notes: The handsome, drooping clusters of white flowers make this shrub an attractive
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