Sassafras albidum

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Herbal medicine
A deciduous tree, the bark of which is antiseptic, diaphoretic and diuretic. It was regarded by Native Americans as a blood purifier; in herbal medicine, it was used topically for syphilis, abscesses, acne, poison ivy and poison oak, and internally for colic and rheumatic complaints.

Carcinogenic and hepatotoxic in rats due to safrole; it is listed by the FDA as “unsafe”. Sassafras oil and raw bark should not be used internally.

Sassafras albidum,

n See sassafras.
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This interpretation is supported by the absence of flood and fire intolerant species such as Sassafras albidum and Prunus serotina in these vegetation types.
Four species (Rhus copallinum, Liquidamber styraciflua, Sassafras albidum, and Diospyros virginiana) occurred in all three plots.
Rhus copallinum and Sassafras albidum were the most dominant species observed.
Sassafras albidum was observed in 3 out of 60 (5%) of the subplots and had a 1.
Number of stems Species Dry Floodplain Upland Acer saccharum 85 1 Ulmus americana 1 Fraxinus quadrangulata 23 Aesculus glabra 3 2 Fraxinus americana 8 Prunus serotina 10 Lonicera mackii Carya cordiformis 1 Ulmus rubra Crataegus punctata 2 Cornus drummondii 2 Viburnum prunifolium 6 Celtis occidentalis 4 1 Ostrya virginiana 4 Fagus grandifolia 2 2 Asimina triloba 4 Lindera benzoin 4 Sumbucus canadensis 4 Crataegus mollis Acer negundo Cercis canadensis Eleagnus umbellata Quercus muhlenbergii Sassafras albidum Vitis spp.
Post Oak Community Savannah Pineywoods Total Quercus stellata 1 2 3 Quercus stellata-Carya texana 1 1 Quercus stellata-Carya texana- Quercus marilandica 2 2 Quercus stellata-Carya texana- Quercus incana 3 3 Quercus stellata-Carya texana- Sassafras albidum 1 1 2 Quercus stellata-Quercus marilandica 2 1 3 Quercus stellata-Ilex vomitoria 2 2 Quercus stellata-Ulmus alata 1 1 Carya texana-Quercus marilandica- Quercus velutina 1 1 Carya texana-Quercus velutina- Cornus florida 1 1 Quercus incana-Pinus palustris 1 1 Total 7 13 20 TABLE 2.
07, 23 -- Sassafras albidum -- -- Toxicodendron vernix 6, 1.