Scientific Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis L.
Common Name: Button Bush, Button Willow
Pubescent or glabrate shrub. Leaves opposite or whorled, ovate to ellipic, 6-15 cm or
more long, 3-10 cm wide, cuspidate or acute, pinnately veined. Flowers in terminal and
axillary, pedunculate, globose heads 2-3.5 cm in diam., Calyx lobes 4, so crowded as to be
indistinct; corolla white, tube slender, 6-10 mm long, lobes 1-2 mm long, pubescent on the
inner surface; stamens 4, inserted at the rim of the tube; stigmas capitate, exserted 5-8 mm
beyond the corolla, often covered with masses of pollen. Nutlets elongate, obpyramidal, 4-7
mm long. (n=22) June-August; August-September. Low areas, margins of creeks, lakes and
marshes; essentially throughout but infrequent in mountains. [SE]
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