Aesculus pavia L. - Red Buckeye


 

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Aesculus pavia (image 1 of 2)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Hippocastanaceae

Habitat

Rich damp woods.

Associates

 

Distribution

Coastal plain from NC to FL and TX, inland to southern MO, southern IL, and KY.

Morphology

Shrub or small tree; leaves opposite, palmately lobed; leaflets 5, rarely more, thin, oblanceolate to obovate, glabrous to tomentulose beneath; calyx tubular, red or yellow, 10-18 mm, shallowly lobed, finely puberulent, petals red or rarely yellow, glandular-ciliate, the lateral 2-3 cm, with oblong-obovate blade and long claw, the upper 2.5-4 cm, with minute, oblong-obovate to suborbicular blade; stamens 6-8, sometimes slightly long than the upper petals; fruit smooth, 3-6 cm.

Notes

Flowers April (later when grown in the north)

Wetland indicator: NA

An attractive species that can be grown much further north than its native range.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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