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Maple (Acer spp)        
Family: Aceraceae          
                           
  Red Maple

Location:

  • Found in a range from north temperate regions to south into tropical mountain

Characteristics:

Uses:

  • Wood used as fuel for slow cooking fire.
   
 

 

Leaves:

  • Opposite simple
  • Usually long leaf stalk
  • With varying numbers of lobes
  • Broad
  • Toothed
  • No stipules
  • Sap sometimes sugary or milky

 

Below: Red Maple, Silver Maple and Sugar Maple leaves

   
Red Maple Leaf Silver Maple Leaf Sugar Maple Leaf
             

 

Bark:

  • Bark varies in different maple spp. Red maple shown here:
  • Gray
  • Thin
  • Smooth
  • Long, thin, scaly ridges

Flowers:

  • Male/female or bisexual (on the same or different trees)
  • In clusters
  • 4-5 colored sepals

 

   
  Red Maple Bark    

 

Fruiting Structure:

  • Flat, paired keys
  • Long-winged
  • 1 seed
  • Light brown
Red Maple Key  
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