Acer pensylvanicum

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Acer pensylvanicum
Moosewood leaves.jpg
Striped Maple leaves, Cranberry Wilderness, West Virginia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Aceraceae
Genus: Acer
Species: A. pensylvanicum
Binomial name
Acer pensylvanicum
L.
Acer pensylvanicum range map.png
Natural range

Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple, also known as moosewood and moose maple) is a species of maple.

Description[edit]

It is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–10 m tall, with a trunk up to 20 cm diameter.

The young bark is striped with green and white, and when a little older, brown.

The leaves are broad and soft, 8–15 cm long and 6–12 cm broad, with three shallow forward-pointing lobes.

The fruit is a samara; the seeds are about 27 mm long and 11 mm broad, with a wing angle of 145° and a conspicuously veined pedicel.[citation needed]

The spelling pensylvanicum is the one originally used by Linnaeus.

Distribution[edit]

The natural range extends from Nova Scotia and the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec, west to southern Ontario, Michigan, and eastern Minnesota; south to northeastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and in the mountains to northern Georgia.[1]

Ecology[edit]

Striped maple growing at the edge of a forest with pine and hickory in the background (Zena, New York)

Moosewood is an understory tree of cool, moist forests, often preferring slopes. It is among the most shade-tolerant of deciduous trees, capable of germinating and persisting for years as a small understory shrub, then growing rapidly to its full height when a gap opens up. However, it does not grow high enough to become a canopy tree, and once the gap above it closes through succession, it responds by flowering and fruiting profusely, and to some degree spreading by vegetative reproduction.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Striped Maple". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Hibbs, D. E; B. C. Fischer (1979). "Sexual and Vegetative Reproduction of Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum L.)". Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 106: 222– 227. 

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