Sunday, May 22, 2011

common sweetleaf

Here is Symplocos tinctoria of the family symplocaceae:

This is a native of the United States and can be found throughout the southeast.  According to Porcher/Rayner S. tinctoria is a source of a bold yellow dye, taken from the leaves and the bark.  Though I've not tried them yet, the leaves are supposed to be both refreshing and sweet to chew on.  This particular tree grow in Mule Jail and this picture was taken on March 20, 2011.

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