pondberry (Lindera melissifolia)
Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND
Pondberry, Lindera melissifolia (Walt.) Blume, is a deciduous shrub, growing from less than 1 foot (30 cm) to, infrequently, more than 6 feet (2 m) in height. Leaves are aromatic, alternate, elliptical, somewhat thin and membranaceous, with entire margins. Shrubs usually are sparsely branched, with fewer branches on smaller plants. Plants are rhizomatous, frequently propagating by vegetative sprouts and forming colonies. Plants are dioecious, each plant is a male or a female, and produce clusters of small, yellow flowers in early spring prior to leaf development, from buds on branches produced from the growth during the preceding year. Immature fruits are drupes, green, and ripen to red by fall.
- States/US Territories in which the pondberry is known to or is believed to occur: Alabama , Arkansas , Georgia , Mississippi , Missouri , North Carolina , South Carolina
- US Counties in which the pondberry is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- USFWS Refuges in which the pondberry is known to occur:
Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge, Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|07/31/1986||Southeast Region (Region 4)|
» Federal Register Documents
|04/09/2010||75 FR 18233 18234||5-Year Status Reviews of 10 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information|
|08/13/1985||50 FR 32582 325 85||Proposed End. Status for Lindera melissifolia (Pondberry); 50 FR 32582-325- 85|
|07/31/1986||51 FR 27495 27500||Determination of End. Status for Lindera melissifolia; 51 FR 27495-27500|
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|09/23/1993||Pondberry||View Implementation Progress||Final|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|04/09/2010||75 FR 18233 18234||5-Year Status Reviews of 10 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information||
|03/03/2014||Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia) 5-Year Review|
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the pondberry.
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for pondberry.
» Life History
Flowering occurs from March to April, with male flowers emerging prior to female flowers. Fruits, produced on female plants, are typically green throughout the summer months and turn bright red in the fall. Hermit thrushes, Catharus guttatus, are the only known animal dispersal agent of pondberry.
Lindera melissifolia is a distinctive species, with diagnostic characters that clearly distinguish it from the other two species of spicebush found in the southeastern United States, L. benzoin and L. subcoriacea.
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