Gordonia lasianthus (L.) J. Ellis - Loblolly Bay
Family - Theaceae
Flowering - June - September.
Habitat - Swamps, bayheads.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive shrub can be found in the coastal counties of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its habitat, simple, glossy, crenulate leaves, and its big white flowers. These big, white, "dish-bowl" type flowers are commonly investigated and pollinated by beetles.
Photographs taken in Winter Haven, FL., 6-28-02.