Styrax americanus Lam. - American Snowbell
Family - Styracaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Swamp forests, streambanks.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This shrubby species can be found throughout most of Alabama but is more common in the eastern half of the state. The plant is easy to identify in flower becasue of its distinctive flowers which have five reflexed petals. When not in flower, the plant is fairly non-distinct and easy to overlook.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 5-15-05.