OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Laurales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Lindera melissifolia   FAMILY Lauraceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lindera melissifolia   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Lindera melissifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 084-04-002:
Lindera melissaefolium   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Benzoin melissaefolium

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Spicebush, Pondberry


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image of Lindera melissifolia, Southern Spicebush, Pondberry

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_beme_001_lvd

        

image of Lindera melissifolia, Southern Spicebush, Pondberry

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_lime7_001_lvd

        

image of Lindera melissifolia, Southern Spicebush, Pondberry

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_lindera_melissifolia4

July    Sampson County    NC

Drupe ellipsoid, bright red [when ripe], 10-11.5mm long, on 9-12mm stalks, per Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Northern Florida and Adjacent Georgia and Alabama by Robert Godfrey.

image of Lindera melissifolia, Southern Spicebush, Pondberry

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_lindera_melissifolia9

July    Sampson County    NC

Leaves slightly drooping, crushed ones with their own peculiar odor, per Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Northern Florida and Adjacent Georgia and Alabama by Robert Godfrey.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Lindera melissifolia   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lindera melissifolia   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Lindera melissifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 084-04-002:
Lindera melissaefolium   FAMILY Lauraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Benzoin melissaefolium

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2597

Shrub
Perennial
Dioecious or polygamo-dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Rare

Habitat: Wet flats and depressions, generally with pocosin shrubs, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellow
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
6 deciduous tepals
9 fertile stamens on staminate flowers
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

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