Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees - Sassafras


 

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Sassafras albidum - (image 1 of 3)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Lauraceae

Habitat

Woods, thickets, fencerows, old fields. A pioneer of disturbed areas. Does well in sandy soil.

Associates

 

Distribution

Southern ME west to MI and MO, south FL to eastern TX.

Morphology

Deciduous shrub or tree to 30 m. Twigs aromatic. Older bark deeply furrowed. Leaves on long petioles, entire or with 2-3 rounded lobes, with 3 main veins. Dioecous. Flowers greenish-yellow, on wood from the previous season; tepals 6, persistent; stamens 9. Fruit blue

Notes

Flowers April to May

Wetland indicator: Facultative Upland

One of only two species in this genus, the other occurring in China. Fall color ranges from red to orange or yellow.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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