Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Laurales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Learn more about Lindera from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
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)
Southern Spicebush, Pondberry
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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 (Godfrey, 1988).
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 (Godfrey, 1988).
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Dioecious or polygamo-dioecious
Habitat: Wet flats and depressions, generally with pocosin shrubs, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
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6 deciduous tepals
9 fertile stamens on staminate flowers
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p322
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast (Foote & Jones, 1989) p062
- Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia (Chafin, 2007) p199
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry (Porcher, 1995) p191
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p194
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