Halesia carolina L.
Common Name: SILVER-BELL
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad Tree

A southern species, barely ranging north to southernmost Illinois and Ohio. Often cultivated northward, and collected, in full bloom, as escaped in a forested ravine in Oakland Co. in 1946, and also recently in Kalamazoo Co.

A distinctive small tree, easily recognized by its spring-blooming, 4-merous, white, bell-shaped, pendent flowers. We follow Fritsch & Lucas (2000) in recognizing a broad concept of Halesia carolina. Some authors, following Reveal and Seldin (1976) recognize H. carolina in a narrow sense (and apply the name to what had been formerly called H. parviflora), in which case our species is H. tetraptera J. Ellis.

Locations

Kalamazoo County
Oakland County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 18, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2718.