Styrax obassia

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Styrax obassia
Scientific classification edit
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 Hokkaido Island in Japan, and to China.


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 obassis is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens.


  1. ^ Shumei Huang and James W. Grimes, "Styrax obassis Siebold & Zuccarini, Fl. Jap. 1: 93. 1839", Flora of China{{citation}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini (1839), Flora Japonica, vol. 1, p. 93{{citation}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  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{{citation}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • 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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