Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Fagus grandifolia Ehrh. image
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Family Fagaceae
Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.
American beech, beechnut
Fagus: Latin "to eat" referring to esculent nuts
grandifolia: large-leaved
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Status: Native
Plant: perennial, deciduous tree to 65' tall; smooth, gray bark
Flower: blooms in spring
Fruit:brown to reddish brown "bur" opening when ripe; nuts sharply angled and often hollow
Leaf:oval to narrowly oval, base slightly or more pointed, underside with scattered hairs
Habitat: rich woods

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Flora of North America (off site)
Fagus americana Sweet
Fagus ferruginea Aiton
Fagus ferruginea Aiton var. caroliniana Loudon
Fagus grandifolia Ehrh. subsp. heterophylla Camp
Fagus grandifolia Ehrh. var. caroliniana (Loudon) Fernald & Rehder
Fagus grandifolia Ehrh. var. grandifolia

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