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Sassafras Family
Sassafras albidum  (common sassafras)   
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Carex Section
Meaning of Scientific Name
Sassafras: from the Spanish name for Saxifrage; albidum: white-ish
Life Form
Perennial Tree
Phenology (Flowering Period)
Physiographic Province
☑ Piedmont
☑ Coastal Plain

County Distribution
☑ New Castle
☑ Kent
☑ Sussex

Woodlands, edges, old fields
State Status
Piedmont Status
Coastal Plain Status
Global Rank
Federal Status
Geographic Affinity
Species at Limit of Distribution
☐ Northern
☐ Southern

North American Distribution (Non-indigenous Species)
Coefficient of Conservatism
Invasive Watchlist
Global Origin (Non-native Species)
Wildlife Values
Host plant for Papilio troilus (Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly); flowers are an important nectar and pollen source for bees.
Medicinal Properties
Part used: Root bark. Internally used as tea to aid digestion, flatulence, bloating, chronic skin conditions, arthritis, and as a blood cleanser. Long history of use as a "spring tonic" by Native Americans and as a beverage tea in Appalachia. There are some concerns in the literature that Sassafras is potentially carcinogenic and hepatotoxic.
ID Notes
Additional Info
Habitats in which this plant occurs
Ancient Sand Ridge Forest
Beach and Dune Habitats (Forests and Woodlands)
Early Successional Shrub/Brush Upland Habitats (Piedmont Old Field)
Early Successional Shrub/Brush Upland Habitats (Coastal Plain Old Field)
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