Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Platanus occidentalis L. image
Photographer: Kenneth J. Sytsma           

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Dennis W. Woodland

Dennis W. Woodland

Know Your Trees

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Robert W. Freckmann

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Platanaceae
Platanus occidentalis L.
American plane-tree, sycamore
Platanus: from the Greek name platanos for the long-lived oriental plane tree
occidentalis: Latin for "western"
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Status: Special Concern
Plant: perennial tree to 125' tall, smooth bark peeling with age exposing the white to greenish new bark
Flower: blooms in the spring
Fruit:stalked "ball" of achenes
Leaf:light green often with 3-5 shallow lobes, edges smooth to coarsely toothed
Habitat: moist; streambanks, lakes, ravines

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Flora of North America (off site)
Platanus glabrata Fernald
Platanus occidentalis L. f. attenuata Sarg.
Platanus occidentalis L. var. glabrata (Fernald) Sarg.

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