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Lindera melissifolia (Southern spicebush)
Cressler, Alan

Lindera melissifolia

Lindera melissifolia (Walter) Blume

Southern Spicebush, Pondberry

Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Synonym(s): Benzoin melissifolium, Laurus melissifolia

USDA Symbol: LIME7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: To about 60 inches in height, usually less.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MO , MS , NC , SC

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: Q2CO
Status: Endangered
Historic Range: U.S.A. (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, NC, SC)
Critical Habitat: N/A
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lindera melissifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lindera melissifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lindera melissifolia


Record Modified: 2017-08-18
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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