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R. W. Smith
A southern species, barely ranging north to southernmost Illinois and Ohio. Often cultivated northward, and collected, in full bloom, as escaped in a forested ravine in Oakland Co. in 1946, and also recently in Kalamazoo Co.
A distinctive small tree, easily recognized by its spring-blooming, 4-merous, white, bell-shaped, pendent flowers. We follow Fritsch & Lucas (2000) in recognizing a broad concept of Halesia carolina. Some authors, following Reveal and Seldin (1976) recognize H. carolina in a narrow sense (and apply the name to what had been formerly called H. parviflora), in which case our species is H. tetraptera J. Ellis.