Cephalanthus occidentalis [Rubiaceae]

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Scientific Name Cephalanthus occidentalis USDA PLANTS Symbol CEOC2
Common Name Buttonbush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 34786
Family Rubiaceae (Madder) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Wet areas along streams, ponds and lakes.
Plant: Tall, bushy, much-branched shrub 6 to 12 feet tall.
Leaves: Highly variable, ovate to narrowly-lanceolate, opposite or whorled in groups of 3 leaflets; up to 6 inches long; petioles 1/8 to 1-inch long; surfaces smooth or slightly hairy.
Inflorescence: Small white flowers in ball-shaped clusters with prominent pistils, turning into reddish globes in fall.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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