Indeed, the recording of sassafras (Sassafras albidum
), dogwood (Camus spp), and myrtle (Myrica spp) in the witness tree surveys here suggest this type of bias may not have been significant.
Occasional native food plants include sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum (L.) DC.; Ericaceae), common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis L.; Rubiaceae), sassafras (Sassafras albidum
(Nutt.) Nees; Lauraceae), wax myrtle (Morella cerifera (L.) Small; Myricaceae), ash (Fraxinus spp.; Oleaceae), blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica Marshall; Cornaceae), oak (Quercus spp.; Fagaceae), American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis L.; Platanaceae), and willow (Salix spp.; Salicaceae) (Worth et al.
3 (1) 0.03 (0.2) Sassafras albidum
3 (1) 0.03 (0.2) Layer/Species % Freq.
of 1.3, and seedlings of three tree species (Carya ovata, Quercus stellata, and Sassafras albidum
Stems/ha for saplings [less than or equal to] 2.54 cm dbh following a wildfire in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness, Talladega National Forest, Alabama Sapling Species Density (Stems/ha) Acer rubrum 106.79 Carya pallida 2.32 Cornus florida 2.32 Liquidambar styraciflua 2.32 Liriodendron tulipifera 2.32 Nyssa sylvatica 78.93 Oxydendrum arboreum 16.25 Pinus echinata 2.32 Prunus alabamensis 55.72 Prunus serotina 18.57 Quercus marilandica 2.32 Quercus prinus 34.82 Quercus stellata 2.32 Quercus velutina 6.96 Rhus copallinum 2.32 Sassafras albidum
4.64 Vaccinium arboreum 6.96 DISCUSSION
LAURACEAE Sassafras albidum
(Nutt.) Nees MENISPERMACEAE Cocculus caroliniana (L.) D.
The Sourwood (Oxydendrum), Sassafras (Sassafras albidum
), and Stewartias should find a spot in everyone's landscape, as their beauty will find a home in your heart.
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum
): Animal studies have linked consumption of large amounts of safrole, one of the chemical constituents of sassafras, to liver and nerve damage, as well as liver cancer.
Two native species of sassafras are most often noted for commercial uses: Sassafras albidum
and Sassafras officinale.
A sassafras (Sassafras albidum
) is still a sassafras (Sassafras albidum
), pines are still in the genus Pinus, and you may no longer have to ponder the difference between Hinds and sandbar willows.
However, we found no evidence of bias in selection of species for bearing or line trees, except that successional trees such as Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen) and Sassafras albidum
(sassafras) were likely underrepresented because the surveyors were instructed to select trees no smaller than 5.0 in (12.7 cm) dbh (Bourdo 1956).