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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Silky Camellia   Stewartia malacodendron    
Tea family — Theaceae

Also known as:
Stewartia, Wild Camellia

Slides: (click for larger view)


If you find this shrub in the wild in Texas, you are extremely lucky, because it is very rare in deep East Texas (although it is more common further east in the southeastern U.S.) This spring bloomer is the only native species of the tea family in Texas and is related to the cultivated camellia.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: April, May

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