sassafras albidum

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Tree grows to 100ft (30m). The entire plant is edible. Eat the leaves., use roots for tea. This is one of the three ingredients in the original root beer recipe- sarsaparilla, sassafras and birch. Another way is to boil the roots, combine with molasses and allow to ferment. Voila- root beer. The tree is used for purifying the blood, stomach aches, rheumatism, skin problems, colds, fever, kidney, liver, problems, arthritis. The trees have many slender branches, and smooth, orangebrown bark. The bark of a full grown tree is thick, red-brown, and deeply furrowed. All parts of the plants are very fragrant when crushed. 3 different types of leaves on the same plant, oval, 2-lobe (mitten) and 3-lobed. Young leaves and twigs are best for consuming. Great on salads. They give a citrus-like scent when crushed. Delicious 5-petal tiny yellow flowers in clusters. Leaves can be dried and powdered and added to soups and gumbos. Fruit is blue-black eggshaped berry sized on a reddish cup/stem. Roots and leaves can be eaten raw or powdered or steamed. The root makes a good tea that tastes like root beer. Antiseptic, diuretic, vasodilator. Used to thin blood, cleanse liver, ease menstrual pain. Do not take for extended long periods or liver damage can occur because it contains safrole. Do not consume if pregnant or taking blood thinner.
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palustris, and Sassafras albidum (all species lists in this section have species in order of declining expected abundance, except where species are arranged alphabetically because relative abundances cannot be estimated).
Species 1992 1993 1994 Treatment plots Before After Sassafras albidum (Nutt.
The woody understory seedling layer was dominated by various species of oaks and hickories, and along with Ulmus rubra (slippery elm) and Sassafras albidum (sassafras), accounted for more than one-third of the 15,166 seedlings/ha (Table 2).
The understory was dominated by Rhus copallinum, Sassafras albidum, and Liquidamber styraciflua.
Although a total of 27 tree species were included in the samples, in 1988, 80% of the relative density was contributed by only eight species; notably, Acer saccharum, Prunus serotina, Liriodendron tulipifera, Fagus grandifolia, Sassafras albidum, Fraxinus americana, Quercus rubra, and Quercus alba.
oaks Rhus copallina shining sumac Sassafras albidum sassafras Ulmus alata winged elm Vaccinium spp.