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Sassafras randaiense

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Sassafras randaiense

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Sassafras
Species: S. randaiense
Binomial name
Sassafras randaiense
(Hayata) Rehder
  • Lindera randaiensis Hayata
  • Yushunia randaiensis (Hayata) Kamik.

Sassafras randaiense is a species of tree in the Lauraceae family. It is a relict species endemic to Taiwan. It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

It is a medium sized deciduous tree. The leaves are alternate, rhomboid-ovate, 10-15 cm long and 5-6 cm broad, and are glabrous above and glaucous beneath. The leaf shape is variable, with most leaves simple (entire) without lobes, but 2 to 3-lobed leaves can be found on some trees, a feature it shares with the North American species S. albidum and †S. hesperia. The leaves of S. randaiense have an acute apex, and the leaf base is acute or obtuse. The flowers are hermaphroditic[3] and subterminal, in panicles that are 3 cm long. The fruits are globose, 6-7 mm across, and are attached on a thickened pedicel 2.5-3 cm long. Flowering occurs usually in February with fruit maturing in October. S. randaiense is found in broad-leaved forests from 900 to 2,400 m throughout the island of Taiwan.[4]


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