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.

Locations

Allegan County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Clinton County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Osceola County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 20, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1612.