Lindera

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Lindera

Lindera
Lindera melissifolia.jpg
Genus: Lindera
Family: Lauraceae
Pollination: insects

Lindera is a genus of about 80-100 species of flowering plants in the family Lauraceae, mostly native to eastern Asia but with three species in eastern North America. The species are shrubs and small trees; common names include Spicebush and Benjamin Bush.

One of the world's rarest bee species, the andrenid bee Andrena lauracea is apparently a specialist on Lindera (see Lindera benzoin).

Description[edit]

The leaves can be either deciduous or evergreen depending on species, and are alternate, entire or three-lobed, and strongly spicy-aromatic. The flowers are small, yellowish, with six petaloid sepals and no petals. The fruit is a small red, purple or black drupe containing a single seed.

Growing conditions[edit]

Prefers rich, well-drained soils, but adapts well to poor soils. Part sun to dense shade.

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Pests and diseases[edit]

Lindera species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including The Engrailed.

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