Button-bush

  • Latin name: Cephalanthus occidentalis L.
  • French name: Céphalanthe occidental
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 34786
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf - button-bush

Form

  • Deciduous, opposite or whorled, simple
  • Lance-shaped, taper-pointed, thin
  • Stipules sharp-pointed
  • Lower surface slightly hairy

Length

  • 6–18 cm

Colour

  • Upper surface dark green

Margin

  • Smooth

Buds

  • Lateral bud and leaf scar - button-bush

Form

  • Terminal bud infrequent

Twigs

Colour

  • Green

Flowers

Form

  • At the tips of the shoots
  • In many-flowered globular clusters

Width

  • 2–5 cm

Structure

  • Synoecious

Fruits

  • Fruit (left); fruit cluster (right) - button-bush

Form

  • In globular clusters
  • On long stalks

Width

  • About 2 cm

Structure

  • Nutlet

Size

Height

  • To 10 m

Diameter

  • To 20 cm

Habitat

Site

  • Along lakeshores and on other wet sites

Range

Southern Ontario, east to Nova Scotia, and south to the Gulf of Mexico

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