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Styrax obassia

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Styrax obassia
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Styracaceae
Genus: Styrax
S. obassia
Binomial name
Styrax obassia
Illustration from Philipp Franz von Siebold's Flora Japonica

Styrax obassia is a species of flowering plant in the family Styracaceae. It is native to eastern China, Korea, and Japan[1] (Hokkaido).


The name of the plant is sometimes spelled Styrax obassis,[1] but the original spelling is obassia.[2] In the history of botany, different people have used all three grammatical genders for the genus Styrax, and reasonable arguments could be made for treating it as neuter, feminine, or masculine, although it has been recommended that masculine gender should be used.[3]


Styrax obassia is a small tree or shrub, 10–14 m (33–46 ft) tall.[1]


Styrax obassis is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens.


  1. ^ a b c Shumei Huang; James W. Grimes, "Styrax obassis Siebold & Zuccarini, Fl. Jap. 1: 93. 1839", Flora of China
  2. ^ Philipp Franz von Siebold; Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini (1839), Flora Japonica, vol. 1, p. 93
  3. ^ Nicolson, D.H.; Steyskal, G.C. (1976), "The masculine gender of the generic name Styrax Linnaeus (Styracaceae)", Taxon, 25 (5/6): 581–587, doi:10.2307/1220113, JSTOR 1220113
  • E. Kato and T. Hiura, Fruit set in Styrax obassia (Styracaceae): the effect of light availability, display size, and local floral density, American Journal of Botany. 1999;86:495-501.

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