plant-banner1

Plant Details

Litsea aestivalis

Pondspice

Scientific Name:

Litsea aestivalis

Common Name:

Pondspice

Plant Family

Lauraceae (Laurel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC 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 dominated by shrubs (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S3: Vulnerable (*)

Global Rank:

G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*)

State Status:

SC-V: Special Concern: Vulnerable (*)

Federal Status:

FSC - Federal Special Concern (*)

Notes:

"The fine, zigzag twigs are distinctive. It grows to 6 m tall, characteristically forming a rounded bush. A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic." (Weakley 2015)
NC Natural Heritage Program NC Rank: S2S3; Global Rank: G3?

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.

image

Paynter, April 2013

In bloom

image

Paynter, April 2013

Close-up of the flowers

image

In fall

image

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



Permalink - (right click to save this page to your bookmarks)

<<< PREVIOUS

NEXT >>>

Comments - Leave a comment or read what's been added!
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

back to top
go to gallery
back to Initial l Gallery
back to orchids
back to Carnivorous Plants
back to Trilliums