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Acer leucoderme Small. Section: Acer. Chalk Maple. Phen: Mar-Apr; May-Sep. Hab: Rocky slopes and bluffs, particularly over mafic or calcareous rock, on the Gulf Coast in floodplains. Dist: A species of se. North America, primarily of the Piedmont from NC to AL, less commonly in the Ridge and Valley of se. TN (Chester, Wofford, & Kral 1997), low Blue Ridge of w. NC and adjacent TN and GA, Coastal Plain of Panhandle FL, GA, AL, MS, LA, and se. TX, and in sw. AR and se. OK.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: The leaves, at least those on lower and inner branches, tend to dry a tawny color and remain on the tree until spring, reminiscent of beech.

Synonymy: = K1, K3, K4, W; = Acer saccharum Marshall ssp. leucoderme (Small) Desmarais – Fl4, RAB, WH3, Desmarais (1952), Murray (1970); = Acer saccharum Marshall var. leucoderme (Small) Sarg. – Ar; = Saccharodendron leucoderme (Small) Nieuwl. – S

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image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷