Styrax platanifolius ssp. texanus
Styrax platanifolius Engelm. ssp. texanus (Cory) P.W. Fritsch
Texas Snowbell, Texas Snow-bell
Styracaceae (Storax Family)
Synonym(s): Styrax platanifolius var. texanus, Styrax texanus
USDA Symbol: STPLT
A shrub or small tree with dark gray bark. Near streams in canyons in the Hill Country. Should not be disturbed. Rare and endangered in the vicinity of Austin. 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 Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
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
BibliographyBibref 354 - Native & Naturalized Woody Plants of Austin & the Hill Country (1981) Lynch, D.
Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Styrax platanifolius ssp. texanus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Styrax platanifolius ssp. texanus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Styrax platanifolius ssp. texanus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-23
Research By: TWC Staff