Styrax - American Snowbell - American Storax
Styrax americanus Lamarck Var. pulverulentus
Styracaceae (Styrax) Family

Plant is an upright shrub or small tree. Preferred habitat is moist woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; oblong or lance-like or sometimes egg-shaped; widest at the middle; no teeth and no lobes; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal, or may come to an abrupt point; short leaf stalks; leaf base is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are solitary in the leaf axil; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The calys is 5-lobed and in most cases there will be 5 white petals and 10 stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

The genus name, from the Greek, is that of the European relative, Storax (S. officinalis), which yields the resin known as storax that is used as an incense.

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