Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1103

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Look for it on riverbanks & in alluvial forests, on streambanks, sometimes weedy on rocky roadcuts, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Pistillate heads dark red, staminate heads yellowish-green
Unisexual
3-6 sepals in staminate flowers, 3-4 sepals in pistillate flowers
Petals absent in pistillate flowers, nearly obsolete in staminate flowers

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Tawny
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Proteales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis   FAMILY Platanaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platanus occidentalis   FAMILY Platanaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 096-01-001:
Platanus occidentalis   FAMILY Platanaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sycamore, Planetree


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image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ploc_001_lvd

        

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_ploc_003_lvd

        

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm0401e_37

January    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm0302c_23

February    Greenville County    SC

Fruit a pendant, globular head of achenes, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm0302c_24

February    Greenville County    SC

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm0502b_06

February    Greenville County    SC

Upper stems smooth & white, lower trunk brown & scaly or furrowed, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm130225_319

February    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

The most massive trees in eastern US, they can be over 100' tall & 10' wide, per Teaching the Trees by Joan Maloof.

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    s050316_l

March    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Leaf scars alternate; terminal bud lacking; stipule scars ringlike; buds 1scaled

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm160423_451

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

Keith Bradley    kab_p_occidentalis_5307

April    Caldwell County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

Pistillate heads rusty to dark red, staminate heads yellowish-green, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_occidentalis_3

April        

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm0306g_17

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves palmately veined, with 3-5 coarsely toothed lobes, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm0306h_29

June    Greenville County    SC

Prominent, leaf-like stipules encircle the twig, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_occidentalis_4

July        

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_occidentalis_6

August        

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm061104_049

November    Swain County    NC

Cherokee Indian Reservation

The exposed white inner bark of mid & upper trunk recognizable at a distance, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_occidentalis_1

December    Fulton County    GA

Chattahoochee Nature Center

image of Platanus occidentalis var. occidentalis

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_occidentalis_5

Month Unknown        

One fruiting head per peduncle, per Weakley's Flora.