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Red Rock State Park
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Plant - fall
V-Bar-V Ranch
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Red Rock State Park
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Grasshopper Point, Oak Creek Canyon
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Seedhead
Red Rock State Park
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Wet Beaver Creek
Sue Smith
Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Platanus racemosa
General Description: Deciduous. Large, spreading, irregular shaped tree with whitish older branches and broad open crowns and stout, mottled trunks to 4 feet in diameter. Often branched near base.
Identification notes: Large spreading tree; older branches have white bark with a plated appearance, younger twigs rusty and hairy. Terminal leaf lobe 2/3 or more length of blade; leaf blades 4 to 10 inches long and of similar width. Clusters of round fruits.
Height: 80 feet     Width: 60 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Often abundant in riparian forests, especially in montane canyons, extending into deserts along streams and near springs.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 2000 - 6000 feet


Flowers

Color: Green   Shape: Inconspicuous in round clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Apr - May
Description: Green, flowers inconspicuous, emerging with the leaves. Male and female flowers in dense, round male or female only flower heads, either singly or in multiples along a stem.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Light green   Type: Simple   Shape: Palmate   Margin: Lobed   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Bottom of leaves
Description: Light green above, paler and hairy beneath. Palmately lobed, divided into 3, 5 or 7 narrow, long-pointed lobes. 6 to 9 inches long and wide. Slightly star-shaped. Usually without teeth.


Fruit

Color: Light brown   Type: Achene   Description: 2 to 4 fuzzy balls, 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter, hanging on a long, slender stalk; composed of numerous tiny, tufted seeds; maturing in autumn. Balls disintegrate over winter, with the wind dispersing the seeds.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Whitish, brownish   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Young twigs are reddish, hairy. Mature bark whitish, smooth, thin, peeling in brownish flakes and mottled on trunk. Bark is rough, thick, deeply and irregularly furrowed at base, thick plates of bark hang loose on old trunks and large branches.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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