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Sassafras – A Small Species With a Huge Influence by esfdla
October 25, 2010, 9:14 am
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

The abundance of Sassafras on Martha’s Vineyard led to the settlement of the island.  At the time the species was of high value because it was thought to be the cure for syphilis.  The bark and roots of this understory deciduous tree are food for the ecosystem, and are also a host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail.  This pioneer species can be found in Martha’s Vineyard and in the native east coast in forests, fields, and along roadsides.

Until next time,



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