[Taxacom] Platanus and Acer but none

meacham at berkeley.edu meacham at berkeley.edu
Tue Jun 17 15:52:05 CDT 2008


My guess is that it is Liquidambar styraciflua (American Sweetgum) which
is native to the warmer eastern US and is commonly cultivated as a street
tree here in California.

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Sweetgum

Chris Meacham
Berkeley Phylogenomics Group
UC Berkeley




> Dear Members
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> On my first visit to California in USA, I was fascinated to see many
> plants from
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> my native place Kashmir (Platanus, Magnolia, Tragopogon,Taraxacum, etc)
> and many
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> tropical plants from my place of Work, Delhi (Gravillea,Callistemon, etc)
> ; and
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> many more unique to this part of world. One tree that struck me grows in
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> apartment complex in Sunnyvale. It was reported to me as maple, but it has
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> fruit balls hanging like Platanus. I have not been able to place this
> tree. The
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> leaves look like Acer pseudoplatinus, are totally green on both sides,
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> alternate, with no enlarged stipules; but with Platanus like single fruit
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> hanging from branches. Before I get hold of book on local flora, and
> upload
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> some photographs, can any member give me any clues about its
> identification.
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> Gurcharan Singh
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