Cephalanthus salicifolius

Cephalanthus salicifolius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Cephalanthus
Species: C. salicifolius
Binomial name
Cephalanthus salicifolius
Humb. & Bonpl.,[1] 1809[2]

Cephalanthus salicifolius is a species of flowering plant in the cinchona family, Rubiaceae.[1] Common names include Mexican Buttonbush, Mimbre, Botoncillo, and Jazmin Blanco.[3] Its native range extends from the banks of the southernmost stretch of the Rio Grande in Texas[4] south to south-central Mexico; a disjunct population exists in Honduras.[5] Like other species in its genus, Mexican Buttonbush grows in the wet soils of riparian zones, swamps, and pond margins.[6] It is a deciduous shrub or small tree, reaching a height of 8–18 ft (2.4–5.5 m) and a width of 4–10 ft (1.2–3.0 m).[3] The oblong leaves reach 12 cm (4.7 in) in length and 23 mm (0.91 in) in width.[5] The white flowers are produced from March to July; the fruit is a collection of brown nutlets.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Cephalanthus salicifolius Humb. & Bonpl.". ITIS Standard Reports. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=34787. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Cephalanthus salicifolius Bonpl.". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.tropicos.org/name/27903092. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Mexican Buttonbush, Mimbre, Botoncillo, Jazmin Blanco Cephalanthus salicifolius". Texas Native Shrubs. Texas A&M University. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/cephalanthussalicifol.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  4. ^ Mild, Christina (PDF). Wonderful and Woody Shrubs of the Water’s Edge...and Beyond. Native Plant Project. p. 2. http://nativeplantproject.com/SABALS/wetland_shrubs_FINAL.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b Correll, Donovan Stewart; Helen B. Correll (1975). Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southwestern United States. Volume 2. Stanford University Press. p. 1551. ISBN 9780804708661. http://books.google.com/books?id=yZSrAAAAIAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s. 
  6. ^ (PDF) Native Pond and Wetland Plants of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas: Landscape Uses and Identification. Native Plant Project. p. 32. http://nativeplantproject.tripod.com/PondandWetland.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  7. ^ Everitt, J. H.; Dale Lynn Drawe; Robert I. Lonard (2002). Trees, Shrubs, and Cacti of South Texas. Texas Tech University Press. p. 175. ISBN 9780896724730. http://books.google.com/books?id=8cEq7weUPYYC&source=gbs_navlinks_s.