Liquidambar styraciflua L.

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Liquidambar styraciflua

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Liquidambar styraciflua

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Liquidambar styraciflua

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Liquidambar styraciflua

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

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Synonyms: Liquidambar gummifera Salisb.
Common names: Sweet gum (English)
Description: Large tree to 20 m. Branchlets reddish-brown, sometimes with corky wings (“reptilian form” per Wikipedia). Leaves: petiole 6-10 cm long; lamina 7-20 cm long, 5(-7)-lobed, mainly glabrous, glossy green but producing strong red, yellow and orange colours in autumn; base ± truncate; lobes acuminate and finely serrate. Fruiting heads 2.5-3.8 cm in diameter.
Notes: Occasionally planted in gardens, car parks and streets.
Derivation of specific name: styraciflua: from Latin, storax, sweet gum and flua, flowing, referring to the aromatic gum.
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Worldwide distribution: From central and eastern USA to Central America.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Liquidambar styraciflua
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Liquidambar styraciflua
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Liquidambar styraciflua
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Liquidambar styraciflua
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Liquidambar styraciflua
JSTOR Plant Science: Liquidambar styraciflua
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Liquidambar styraciflua
Plants of the World Online: Liquidambar styraciflua
Tropicos: Liquidambar styraciflua
Wikipedia: Liquidambar styraciflua


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Liquidambar styraciflua.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=167290, retrieved 16 April 2024

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