Calycanthus L.

Spice Bush

Greek kalyxcalyx, anthos—flower, referring to the similar sepals and petals.

Deciduous shrubs. Flowers brownish to maroon at the tips of short branchlets. Sepals and petals 15-30, similar, tips with white, succulent food bodies. Stamens many on the floral tube, inner ones sterile. Fruit of numerous achenes enclosed within the fig-like floral tube.

Seed, layers, suckers and division.

Brownish maroon flowers with strap-like petals.

3 species from North America (2) and eastern China.

Nicely (1965).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Calycanthaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Magnolianae
order      Laurales
family       Calycanthaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Calycanthus floridus L.
species         Calycanthus occidentalis Hook. & Arn.