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sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

Model Reliability: Low



Current Forest Inventory and Analysis under Current Conditions
Current Forest Inventory and Analysis under Current Conditions
(DISTRIB-II + SHIFT)
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Importance Value
GCM SCENARIO % Area Occ Ave IV Sum IV Future/Current IV
Actual15.13.414892N/A
RFimp16.22.2104310.7
CCSM45291.8156321.5
CCSM8541.71.8220342.11
GFDL45401.8214312.05
GFDL8546.61.9257402.47
HAD4544.61.8237292.27
HAD8550.81.9279932.68
GCM4549.31.4202711.94
GCM85581.5252662.42

Regional Summary Tree Tables

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 Interpretation Guide


Sassafras is widely distributed (12.9% of area), but sparse and with low IV across the central half of the eastern US, and its low reliable model predicts a small increase in suitable habitat by 2100, including substantial new habitat northward under RCP 8.5. However, the SHIFT model largely limits those new habitat locations from being naturally colonized within 100 years, though some expansion into this region has possibility. It is considered moderate in its adaptability and its overall capability to cope with a changing climate is good.



Family:  Lauraceae

Guild: opportunistic, dispersal limited (sproutdependent)

Functional Lifeform: small to medium-size deciduous tree

4.2 0.48
-0.64 Model Reliability Low

MODFACs
What traits will impact sassafras's ability to adapt to climate change, and in what way?:

 Primary Positive Traits

 Primary Negative Traits

Shade tolerance Fire topkill


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