From the text (p.2) ... 'History of knowledge of taxon -- Lindera melissifolia was found by Thomas Walter in South Carolina and described by him in 1788. The species has been recognized as a very rare species for a period of many years. Early collections from Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana before the turn of the present century apparently were made at sites no longer supporting the species, and at the present time no localities are known within those states. Lionel Melvin collected the plant in North Carolina in 1939, while Roland Harper had found it in Georgia in 1903. Steyermark reported it from southeast Missouri in 1949, a student of Sidney McDaniel from Mississippi in the 1970's, and Gary Tucker reported it from northeast Arkansas in 1976. To date the species apparently has been found in a few very sites in only 10 counties in the southeastern states.Steyermark (1949) probably did more to elucidate the morphology and taxonomy of the species than any other single author. His account of the species as it occurred in Missouri, along with a review of its' occurrence elsewhere in the country, is an excellent account of the Pondberry.A recent student of the genus is Wofford (1983), who recently described the third American species of the genus.'