Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Common Silverbell
Halesia carolina
Family: Styracaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1S2

Rich woods and edges of sloughs and oxbow lakes.

Species Description:
Small tree.

Flowering Period: Early March to late April.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Small tree (usually around 10 m) with oblong to elliptic leaves with an acute to acuminate tip, finely serrulate. Leaves have not fully matured at antithesis. White regular flowers are in clusters of 2-5, each is 2-2.5 cm long. The fruit is 4-winged.

Extensive tree removal would very likely be detrimental because of resulting changes in soil moisture. Some thinning however may be possible and even beneficial. Changes in the hydrology of the habitat for this species could result in a decline of this species.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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