Sassafras albidum

Family:Lauraceae
Species:Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees
Common Name:sassafras, ague tree
Habitat:Mesic to dry forests, edges of forests, woodlands, talus slopes, bluffs, sand dunes, dry stream banks, pastures, hedge rows, successional fields, and road banks. Often in sandy or gravely soils.
Associated Ecological Communities:**
Growth Habit:Tree
Duration:Perennial
Category:Vascular
Plant Notes:**
Taxonomic Notes:Two taxa have previously been recognized: red sassafras, Sassafras albidum var. molle and white (or smooth) sassafras, S. albidum var. albidum (Fernald 1913, 1950). Some authors (Fernald 1950) consider both of these taxa to occur in New York. Some of the alleged differences are that S. albidum var. albidum has the leaves glabrous or only slightly pubescent when young, twigs glabrous and often glaucous, and roots white compared with S. albidum var. molle with the leaves pubescent especially on the undersides, twigs pubescent to puberulent, and roots red. These characters apparently intergrade at least in part (Fernald 1913) so, in agreement with recent authors (Gleason and Cronquist 1991, van der Werff 1997) we lump the two taxa.
Status:Native, S5 (State Rank)
References:Mitchell and Beal 1979, van der Werff 1997

** Not applicable or data not available.

Classification

Division Equisetophyta
Class Equisetopsida
Sub Class Magnoliidae
Order Laurales
FamilyLauraceae
Genus Sassafras
Species Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees - sassafras, ague tree

Citation

Citation Sassafras albidum (Nuttall) Nees, Syst. Laur. 490. 1836.
Basionym: Laurus albida Nuttall, Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 1: 259. 1818.
Type: **

** Not applicable or data not available.

Source

CountyYearHerbariaNotesSubmission Info
Albany  NYFA_1990    
Albany1925 BH
BH 000 008 980
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Allegany  NYFA_1990    
Bronx1898 NY    
Bronx1940 NY    
Bronx1896 NY    
Bronx1904 NY    
Bronx1995 BKL
BKL00021898
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Bronx1966 BKL
BKL00009824
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Bronx  NYFA_1990    
Bronx1959 CONN    
Bronx1885 NY    
Bronx1908 NY    
Bronx1895 BKL
BKL00009831
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Bronx1896 BKL
BKL00009829
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Bronx1982 BKL
BKL00017540
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Bronx1896 BKL
BKL00009818
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Bronx1965 BKL
BKL00009832
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Bronx1961 BKL
BKL00009823
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Bronx1989 BKL
BKL00017556
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Cattaraugus  NYFA_1990    
Chautauqua1990 NYS    
Chemung  NYFA_1990    
Chemung1937 BH
BH 000 008 956
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Chemung1982 BH
BH 000 008 957
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Columbia1934 BH
BH 000 008 979
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Columbia  NYFA_1990    
Cortland1972 BH
BH 000 008 958
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Delaware1983 BH
BH 000 008 977
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Delaware1981 BH
BH 000 008 978
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Delaware  NYFA_1990    
Delaware1973 NYS    
Dutchess  NYFA_1990    
Dutchess1981 BKL
BKL00064033
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Erie  NYFA_1990    
Essex1894 NY    
Greene  NYFA_1990    
Kings1910 BKL
BKL00009840
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Kings  BKL
BKL00009859
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Kings2011 BKL
BKL00100532
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Kings1955 BH
BH 000 008 989
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Kings  NYFA_1990    
Kings1883 BKL
BKL00009856
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Kings1899 BKL
BKL00009838
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Livingston1917 BH
BH 000 008 967
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Madison  NYFA_1990    
Monroe  NYFA_1990    
Monroe1938 BH
BH 000 008 966
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Monroe1893 BH
BH 000 008 965
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Montgomery2005 NYS
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
Town of Mohawk 8/30/2009 - Connie Tedesco
Montgomery2005 FMCC
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
Town of Mohawk 8/30/2009 - Connie Tedesco
Nassau1905 NY    
Nassau  NYFA_1990    
Nassau1939 OBPF
Log_num: 9845
   
Nassau2002 BKL
BKL00021413
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Nassau1917 NY    
Nassau1969 OBPF
Log_num: 10657
   
Nassau1995 OBPF
Log_num: AM8
   
Nassau1919 NY    
Nassau1925 NY    
Nassau1905 BKL
BKL00009854
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Nassau1901 BKL
BKL00009852
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Nassau1994 BKL
BKL00015899
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Nassau1896 BKL
BKL00009857
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Nassau1985 BKL
BKL00036858
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Nassau1905 BKL
BKL00009821
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
New York1883 BKL
BKL00009842
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
New York  NYFA_1990    
New York1891 BKL
BKL00009843
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Niagara1895 BH
BH 000 008 964
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Niagara  NYFA_1990    
Oneida  NYFA_1990    
Onondaga  NYFA_1990    
Ontario  NYFA_1990    
Orange1922 NY    
Orange1950 NY    
Orange1936 NY    
Orange1990 NYS    
Orange1937 HUH    
Orange  NYFA_1990    
Orange1937 NY    
Orange1990 BKL
BKL00036849
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1990 BH
BH 000 008 976
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Orange2002 BKL
BKL00022854
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange2002 BKL
BKL00022515
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1935 BKL
BKL00036855
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1995 BKL
BKL00015881
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1995 BKL
BKL00015885
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1990 BKL
BKL00036851
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1997 BKL
BKL00009833
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange2002 BKL
BKL00021111
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1993 BKL
BKL00009827
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1990 BKL
BKL00036852
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orange1995 BKL
BKL00015887
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Orleans1897 BH
BH 000 008 963
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Orleans  NYFA_1990    
Oswego1922 BH
BH 000 008 959
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Oswego1920 BH
BH 000 008 960
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Oswego  NYFA_1990    
Otsego1970 SUCO
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  5/22/2008 - Connie Tedesco
Putnam1931 NY    
Putnam1954 CONN    
Putnam1954 NYS    
Putnam  NYFA_1990    
Putnam1994 BKL
BKL00015888
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Putnam1994 BKL
BKL00015897
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1977 BKL
BKL00036857
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1910 BKL
BKL00009822
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1993 BKL
BKL00090520
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1892 BKL
BKL00009836
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1928 BKL
BKL00009850
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1989 BKL
BKL00009825
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens2000 BKL
BKL00029025
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1874 BKL
BKL00009834
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1994 BKL
BKL00015891
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1896 BKL
BKL00010341
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1912 BKL
BKL00009853
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1991 BKL
BKL00009820
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1988 BKL
BKL00009826
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1928 BKL
BKL00009846
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1881 BKL
BKL00009847
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1928 BKL
BKL00009851
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Queens1877 NY    
Queens1896 BH
BH 000 008 988
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Queens1876 NY    
Queens  NYFA_1990    
Queens1877 BH
BH 000 008 985
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Queens1900 BH
BH 000 008 986
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Queens1891 NY    
Queens1874 NY    
Queens1896 BH
BH 000 008 987
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Queens1998 BKL
BKL00020142
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Rensselaer  NYFA_1990    
Rensselaer1997 NYS    
Rensselaer1999 NYS    
Richmond1885 NY    
Richmond1889 NY    
Richmond1869 NY    
Richmond1877 NY    
Richmond  NYFA_1990    
Richmond1990 BKL
BKL00020842
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Richmond1989 BKL
BKL00020366
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Richmond1895 BKL
BKL00009819
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Richmond1889 BKL
BKL00009830
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Richmond1895 BKL
BKL00009841
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Rockland1995 BKL
BKL00015882
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Rockland1970 BH
BH 000 008 984
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Rockland  NYFA_1990    
Rockland1955 NY    
Rockland1990 NYS    
Rockland1956 NY    
Saratoga  NYFA_1990    
Schoharie2009 SUCO
Accession # 9490
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  6/13/2010 - Connie Tedesco
Schuyler2000 BH
BH 000 008 961
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Schuyler  NYFA_1990    
Seneca  NYFA_1990    
Seneca1942 BH
BH 000 008 954
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Seneca1908 BH
BH 000 008 955
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Suffolk1935 HUH    
Suffolk2006 BKL
BKL00076208
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk2002 BKL
BKL00023048
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1994 BKL
BKL00086239
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1871 BKL
BKL00009837
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1976 BKL
BKL00009835
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1919 BKL
BKL00009849
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1919 BH
BH 000 008 983
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Suffolk2002 BH
BH 000 008 982
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Suffolk1990 NYS    
Suffolk1980 CONN    
Suffolk1920 HUH    
Suffolk1991 OBPF
Log_num: 6966
   
Suffolk1991 NYS    
Suffolk1998 OBPF
Log_num: 8114
   
Suffolk1967 CONN    
Suffolk1974 CONN    
Suffolk  NYFA_1990    
Suffolk1996 OBPF
Log_num: 10300
   
Suffolk1993 OBPF
Log_num: 6521
   
Suffolk1916 PH    
Suffolk1973 OBPF
Log_num: 9207
   
Suffolk1975 CONN    
Suffolk1905 NY    
Suffolk1966 NY    
Suffolk1972 NY    
Suffolk1980 OBPF
Log_num: 6196
   
Suffolk1905 BKL
BKL00009861
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1995 BKL
BKL00015875
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1996 BKL
BKL00015884
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1994 BKL
BKL00015890
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk2002 BKL
BKL00023545
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1995 BKL
BKL00015873
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1915 BKL
BKL00009839
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1905 BKL
BKL00009862
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1996 BKL
BKL00015460
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1939 BKL
BKL00009845
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1994 BKL
BKL00015889
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1918 BKL
BKL00009848
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1974 BKL
BKL00102561
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk2002 BKL
BKL00022997
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1996 BKL
BKL00020557
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1996 BKL
BKL00070792
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Suffolk1960 BKL
BKL00079373
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Sullivan1976 BKL
BKL00064032
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Sullivan2001 BKL
BKL00029019
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Sullivan  NYFA_1990    
Sullivan1935 BH
BH 000 008 974
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Sullivan1977 BH
BH 000 008 975
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Tioga1937 BH
BH 000 008 962
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Tioga  NYFA_1990    
Tompkins  NYFA_1990    
Tompkins1876 BH
BH 000 016 294
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Tompkins1975 BH
BH 000 016 298
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Ulster1935 BH
BH 000 008 973
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Ulster1938 BH
BH 000 008 972
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Ulster  NYFA_1990    
Ulster1938 BKL
BKL00064034
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Ulster2009 BKL
BKL00095841
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Warren1973 BH
BH 000 008 968
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Warren1948 PH    
Warren1952 PH    
Warren  NYFA_1990    
Warren1916 NY    
Warren1939 PH    
Warren1938 PH    
Warren1951 PH    
Warren1950 PH    
Warren1954 PH    
Warren1953 PH    
Washington  NYFA_1990    
Washington1916 BH
BH 000 008 969
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Washington1897 BH
BH 000 008 970
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Westchester1956 NY    
Westchester1963 NY    
Westchester1918 BH
BH 000 008 981
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum var. molle
  10/29/2009 - David Werier
Westchester  NYFA_1990    
Westchester1895 BKL
BKL00009828
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Westchester2005 BKL
BKL00049993
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Westchester1895 BKL
BKL00009844
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Westchester1887 BKL
BKL00099396
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)
Westchester1921 BKL
BKL00009860
Herbarium Name Used: Sassafras albidum
  2/8/2012 - BKL (Steve Glenn)

Synonyms

SynonymFull CitationBasionymTypeNotes
Sassafras albidum var. molle Sassafras albidum (Nuttall) Nees var. molle (Rafinesque) Fernald, Rhodora 38: 179. 1936.Laurus sassafras L., Sp. Pl. 1: 371. 1753.  
Sassafras officinarum Sassafras officinarum J. Presl in Berchtold & J. Presl, Prir. Rostlin 2: 68. 1825.Laurus sassafras L., Sp. Pl. 1: 371. 1753. Sassafras officinarum T. Nees ex C.H. Ebermaier 1831, as "officinale" is a later homonym for S. officinarum J. Presl. 1825.
Sassafras officinarum var. albidum Sassafras officinarum J. Presl var. albidum (Nuttall) Blake, Rhodora 20: 99. 1918.Laurus albida Nuttall, Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 1: 259. 1818.  
Sassafras sassafras Sassafras sassafras (Linnaeus) H. Karsten, Deut. Fl.: 505. 1881, nom. inval.Laurus sassafras L., Sp. Pl. 1: 371. 1753.  
Sassafras variifolium Sassafras variifolium Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 574. 1891, nom. illeg.