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Taiwan Sassafras [Sassafras randaiense (Hay.) Rehd.]

  • P. J. Wang
  • C. Y. Hu
  • M. H. Chen
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 16)


Sassafras belongs to the family Lauraceae. It was found in fossil form in both Europe and North America, as far back as the Lower Cretaceous. It was widespread in Europe, Greenland, and North America in the Upper Cretaceous, and survived in Europe until nearly the end of the last glacial period (Matzke 1986). The present distribution is very limited, with only three species remaining. One is native to the eastern United States, one to central mainland China, and one to Taiwan (Maisenhelder 1965). The species in the United States, Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees., the common sassafras, are deciduous shrubs or small trees, occasionally becoming trees up to 30 m tall. The two species in eastern Asia are S. Tzumu Hemsl., Chinese sassafras, and S. randaiense (Hay.) Rehd., Taiwan sassafras. Both are valuable deciduous timber trees producing high-quality lumber with beautiful grain. The lumber is valued for furniture manufacturing and veneering.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Wang
    • 1
  • C. Y. Hu
    • 2
  • M. H. Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Geo. J. Ball, Inc.West ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentWilliam Paterson CollegeWayneUSA
  3. 3.Institute of BotanyAcademia SinicaNankang, TaipeiRepublic of China

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