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Spicebush

Scientific Name     

Lindera benzoin   L.   Blume.

Family Name

Lauraceae   (Laurel family)

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habitat

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ovary

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Characteristics: 

Habitat: 

moist areas, stream banks, bottom lands

Plant Height: 

woody shrub growing 8' height or more

Flower Color: 

yellow to green

Flower: 

dioecious; complete; imperfect; 6 sepals; 6 petals; male flowers 6 stamens

Inflorescence: 

axillary clusters

Fruit: 

red drupe

Leaves: 

alternate; entire; elliptical; spicy odor when crushed

Bloom Time: 

March-early April

Origins: 

native

Other: 

not a spring wildflower, but an early flowering shrub common in most woods in Indiana