Lindera melissifolia

(Walter) Blume

Mus. Bot. 1: 324. 1851 (as melissaefolia)

Conservation concernEndemic
Basionyms: Laurus melissifolia Walter Fl. Carol., 134. 1788
Synonyms: Benzoin melissifolia (Walter) Nees (as melissaefolia)
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.
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Illustrator: John Myers
Low shrubs, rarely over 1.5 m. Young twigs pubescent. Leaves drooping, strongly aromatic (similar to sassafras or root beer) throughout growing season; petiole ca. 10 mm, pubescent. Leaf blade elliptic to ovate, 8-16 × 3-6 cm, membranous, base rounded to widely cuneate, margins ciliate, apex acute; surfaces abaxially and adaxially pubescent. Drupe nearly globose, ca. 12 mm; fruiting pedicels of previous season persistent on stem, stout, 9-12 mm, apex enlarged.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Low woods, depressions, pond and sink margins, Coastal Plain and Mississippi Embayment
Elevation: 0-100 m


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Ark., Ga., Miss., Mo., N.C., S.C.


Of conservation concern.

Lindera melissifolia has not been seen in Alabama, Florida, or Louisiana in over a century.

The orthographic variants "melissaefolia" and "melisaefolium" have sometimes been used.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Lindera melissifolia"
AuthorB. Eugene Wofford +
Authority(Walter) Blume +
BasionymsLaurus melissifolia +
DistributionArk. +, Ga. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, N.C. + and S.C. +
Elevation0-100 m +
HabitatLow woods, depressions, pond and sink margins, Coastal Plain and Mississippi Embayment +
IllustratorJohn Myers +
PhenologyFlowering spring. +
Publication titleMus. Bot. +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V3/V3 538.xml +
Special statusConservation concern + and Endemic +
SynonymsBenzoin melissifolia +
Taxon familyLauraceae +
Taxon nameLindera melissifolia +
Taxon parentLindera +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 3 +