Photos of Sassafras albidum, Sassafras, Sassafras bark, Sassafras leaf, Sassafras in flower.

Sassafras albidum, Sassafras, a member of the Lauraceae (laurel family) is a common tree in eastern North America. The inner bark, particularly that of the root, is the source of Sassafras tea, widely used in rural mountainous regions as a spring tonic, blood purifier, etc. The muclaginous leaves are the starting material for gumbo filé, the soup base of Cajun culture.

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