Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Styrax officinalis

Aliboufier
Storax

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

white

Flower size

18-22 mm

Flowering months

April,

May

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

to 7 m

Description

Since antiquity it has been used in perfume, incense and medicines. The resin obtained from the tree is called ‘storax’ or ‘benzoin’.

Flowers

Flowers are bell-shaped, white and fragrant, hanging from the tip of the branches. They are 5-7 petalled with numerous yellow anthersupper fertile part of the stamen containing the pollen. The calyx is 5-lobed.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Oval, alternate on the branches, 5-10 cm long, 3.5-5.5 cm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: outer fleshy parts surround a pit with a seed inside.

Medical

Gum resin: has been used to treat inflammation of the throat and chest congestion by thinning mucous and making it easier to cough up phlegm; also as a tincture to disinfect small injuries.

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