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Litsea aestivalis (Linnaeus) Fernald. Pondspice. Phen: Mar-Apr; May-Jun. Hab: Margins of limesink ponds and Carolina bays, less commonly in wet depressions and wet stringers dominated by shrubs. Dist: A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic: e. MD (Wicomico County) and se. VA (York and Isle of Wight counties) south to n. FL (and allegedly also in LA, based on an old and poorly labeled specimen).

ID notes:The fine, zigzag twigs are distinctive. It grows to 6 m tall, characteristically forming a rounded multi-stemmed bush.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = F, Fl2, FNA3, GW2, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Va, WH3, Jiménez-Pérez & Lorea-Hernández (2009); = n/a – C

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© J.W. Hardin | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷

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