Aesculus sylvatica Bartram - Buckeye

Aesculus sylvatica plant

Family - Hippocastanaceae

Stems:

Aesculus sylvatica bark

Leaves:

Aesculus sylvatica leaf

Inflorescence:

Aesculus sylvatica inflorescence

Flowers:

Aesculus sylvatica flowers

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - River banks, alluvial woods, swamp forests.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This attractive species can be found mainly in the northern half of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its opposite, palmately compound leaves, its habitat, and its big clusters of yellowish flowers.
The genus name Aesculus comes from the Latin "aescul" which is the classic name for the Italian Oak. The name is applied to the Buckeye genera because the plants produce large fruits.
The species epithet sylvatica derives from the Latin "sylv" meaning "woods or forests" and "atic" meaning "habitat".

Alabama Distribution:

Aesculus sylvatica map

Photographs taken off Tom's Creek, NC., 4-20-03.


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