Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales
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Read more about Red Maple at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 115-01-004?:
Acer rubrum FAMILY Aceraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Carolina Red Maple, Trident Red Maple
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_a_rubrum_trilobum_2
Acer rubrum var. trilobum fruits can also be yellow, per The Native Maples of Georgia (Ware, 2003).
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_a_rubrum_trilobum_3
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
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Monoecious, dioecious, or polygamous
Habitat: Wetlands, especially peaty, acid sites, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)
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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, 1st ed. (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p116?
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America (Williams, 2007) p262
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007) p057?
- Trees of the Southeastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1988) p088?
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p048
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