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Styrax serrulatus - Roxb.

AuthorRoxb. Botanical references146, 266
FamilyStyracaceae GenusStyrax
Known HazardsNone known
RangeE. Asia - Himalayas from India, Bhutan and Nepal to China.
HabitatFound at elevations up to 2700 metres[146]. Sparse forests at elevations of 500 - 1700 metres in southwest China[266].
Edibility Rating 0 (1-5) Medicinal Rating 0 (1-5)

Physical Characteristics

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It is hardy to zone 0. It is in flower from April to June, and the seeds ripen from August to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.


Woodland Garden; Secondary; Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses


The plant yields a gum benzoin[46]. Var. virgatum (Syn S. virgatum. Wall.) is used[146].

Cultivation details

Not known


Seed -



[46] Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim 1959
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.

[146] Gamble. J. S. A Manual of Indian Timbers. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh 1972
Written last century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.

[266] Flora of China 1994
On-line version of the Flora - an excellent resource giving basic info on habitat and some uses.



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