Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Field Guide Overview

Dominant Flora of the Ground Cover in Pine Forests of the Apalachicola National Forest

Genus/Species Persea palustris Common Name Swamp Bay
Family LAURACEAE Acronym SPBA
Description

Shrub or tree with leaves alternate, twigs and leaves beneath densely covered with brown hairs, leaves lance-oblong to lance-elliptic, 5-20 cm long, evergreen, fragrant when crushed; flowers May, stalk bearing inflorescence 5 cm; fruit (drupe) fleshy with inner wall hardened into a pit. Not distinguished here from P. borbonia (Red Bay).