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Plant Details

Litsea aestivalis

Pondspice

Scientific Name:

Litsea aestivalis

Common Name:

Pondspice

Plant Family

Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

pale yellow

Size in Feet:

6 to 20 ft

Bloom Time:

March to April

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Margins of limesink ponds and Carolina bays, less commonly in wet
depressions and wet stringers dominated by shrubs.

State Rank:

S3 - 21-100 Extant Populations - Rare or uncommon in NC (*)

Global Rank:

G3 - 21-100 Extant Populations - Rare or uncommon in the world (*)

State Status:

SC - Special Concern (*)

Federal Status:

SC - Special Concern (*)

In spring

Rare and endemic to the Southeast Coastal Plain, Pondspice may also be at risk from Laurel Wilt, an exotic disease threatening plants in the Laurel family. The zigzag pattern of branching is a good identification mark.

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Paynter, April 2013

In bloom

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Paynter, April 2013

Close-up of the flowers

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In fall

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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