Styrax platanifolius Engelm.
Sycamoreleaf snowbell, Sycamore-Leaf snowbell
Styracaceae (Snowball Family)
USDA Symbol: stpl3
A shrub or small tree with dark gray bark. Should not be disturbed. Rare and endangered. Leaves broadly ovate to almost circular, up to 4 inches long, with smooth margins and a broad tip, or with a terminal lobe and a lateral one on each side of it, and a lobed to rounded base. Flowers in small clusters, drooping, with 5 white petals up to 5/8 inch long, suggesting little bells, opening in April and May. Fruit a rounded capsule about 3/8 inch in diameter, with a short tip, the base covered with a remnant (calyx) of the flower.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Stellate
Leaf Margin: Undulate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: 6-12
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Native Distribution: Central and west Texas south to Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas in Mexico.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rich soils along Edwards Plateau streams on limestone rock.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Hill Country Natives - Leander, TX
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-WCW-1 Collected 2009-10-01 in Kendell County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 354 - Native & Naturalized Woody Plants of Austin & the Hill Country (1981) Lynch, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Styrax platanifolius in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Styrax platanifolius in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Styrax platanifolius
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-04-23
Research By: TWC Staff