Styrax officinalis var. redivivus
The name Snowdrop refers to the snow white nut-like fruit and not to the color of the flower. Both the fruit and the brilliant white flowers stand out in their shadowy woodland habitat. Therefore, this uncommon plant is relatively easy to spot. Each pendant flower has twice as many stamens as petals and the staminal filaments form a tube around the the pistil. Resins derived from species related to Snowdrop are used as an antiseptic (resin storax) and in incense.
DISTRIBUTION: Uncommon in dry places in chaparral and woodland from the High and Inner North Coast Ranges, Cascade Ranges, Sierra Nevada, Outer South Coast Ranges, W Transverse Ranges, San Bernardino Mts., and Peninsular Ranges; < 1500 m.