Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees - Sassafras
Family - Lauraceae
Stems - No info yet.
Leaves - No info yet.
Leaf bud in winter.
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Flowering - April - May.
Habitat - Dry acid soils on the borders of woods and prairies, borders of glades, fence rows, fallow fields, thickets, roadsides, railroads.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This attractive tree can be found basically in the southern 3/4 of Missouri. The plant can be identified by its green and black twigs, divided leaves, and bright yellow flowers. The tree is usually dioecious with individual plants having either male or female flowers. The close-up flower picture above is of a staminate flower.
Photographs taken at the Whetstone Conservation Area, Callaway County, MO., 2-25-04, and in the Piney Creek Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest, Barry County, MO., 4-3-04.