Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Platanus Linnaeus. Plane-tree, Sycamore.

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A genus of about 7 species (and several additional infrataxa), trees, of North America south to Central America and w. Asia to se. Asia.

ID notes: The exposed white inner bark on the middle and upper trunks make Platanus occidentalis recognizable at long distances, especially in winter.

Ref: Grimm & Denk (2010); Kaul (1997) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1997); Kubitzki, Rohwer, & Bittrich (1993); Nixon & Poole (2003). Show full citations.

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