Lindera melissifolia (Walter) Blume. Phen: Mar-Apr; Aug-Sep. Hab: Wet flats and depressions, generally with pocosin shrubs. Dist: This species is southern in range, with a very scattered distribution in se. and c. NC, e. SC, e. & sw. GA, nw. FL, sw. AL (?), nw. MS, se. MO-AR, and se. AR-LA (recent collections unknown from FL and LA). It is nearly extirpated in NC, currently known only from three populations, in Sampson, Bladen, and Cumberland counties. A historic record from Orange County, NC (in the lower Piedmont), collected by Elisha Mitchell in 1820 and 1822, appears to be bonafide (McVaugh, McVaugh, & Ayers 1996).
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Syn: = Ar, Fl2, FNA3, K1, K3, K4, Mo3, WH3, Wofford (1983); = Benzoin melissaefolium – S; = Lindera melissaefolia – F, GW2, RAB, orthographic variant