Sassafras, Lauraceae family

Where’s the mitten?!

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Can you see the 3 leaf shapes? The simple oval leaf, “mitten” leaf with 1 thumb and 3 lobed one (hiding behind the torn-looking leaf on left). Used in File Gumbo for its mucilaginous properties and citrusy flavor. Photo taken on the Wheaton College campus in MA at the International Herbal Symposium on a *fabulous* walk with Cascade Anderson Geller :)


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