Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Red Maple at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Carolina Red Maple, Trident Red Maple
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Acer rubrum var. trilobum fruits can also be yellow, per The Native Maples of Georgia. Tipularia (Ware, 2003).
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Leaves unlobed or 3(5)-lobed, the central lobe 1-5cm long, lateral 0.5-2(3)cm, per Weakley's Flora.
COMPARE leaves of Mapleleaf Viburnum and Maple species
Monoecious, dioecious, or polygamous
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont & Mountains)
Look for it in wetlands, especially peaty, acid sites, per Weakley's Flora
Red (sometimes yellow)
Unisexual or bisexual
Schizocarp composed of two 1-seeded samaras
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p116?
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p057?
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p088?
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p048