Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees
Common Name: SASSAFRAS
Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt Tree

Dry sandy forests (especially oak), often on old dunes; fence-rows; mixed deciduous forests and swamps.

Some leaves have a characteristic “mitten” shape with one lobe as a “thumb,” others have two “thumbs,” and others are unlobed; all three shapes occur on the same plant, often even on the same branch; rarely, more than 3 lobes occur (Wagner, 2000). The twigs and undersides of the leaves vary from glabrous to pubescent. Plants often grow in colonies from root suckers; old clones of large trees sometimes survive into mature forests.


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MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 26, 2022.