Swamp Bay Persea palustris SargentEndangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)  Synonyms: Persea pubescens, Red Bay, Swamp Red Bay, Swampbay, Tamala pubescens.

Status:

Swamp Bay is considered highly rare in Maryland with there being less than five wild populations in the state. These populations are restricted to the southern Eastern Shore counties of Worcester and Somerset.

Where to find:

Look for this rare shrub in low swampy areas of Worcester County along the Pocomoke River.

Relationships:

Host plant for Palamedes Swallowtail.

The Plant-parasitic Hemipteran Red Bay Psyllid forms galls on the leaves of Swamp Bay.

There are 10 records in the project database.

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Swamp Bay fruiting in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/22/2016). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

Swamp Bay in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/29/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Swamp Bay in Somerset Co., Maryland (3/9/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Swamp Bay in Somerset Co., Maryland (3/9/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Swamp Bay (trunk) in Worcester Co., Maryland (1/20/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Swamp Bay in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/28/2013). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

Swamp Bay in winter in Worcester Co., Maryland (1/20/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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