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Acer spicatum

Acer spicatum Lam.

mountain maple

Acer spicatum (Mountain Maple)
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NCBG PLANT INDEX
ID_PLANT: ACSP2
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Acer spicatum
GENUS: Acer
FAMILY: ACERAC - Aceraceae (Maple Family)

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DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Shrub, Tree

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LEAF RETENTION: Deciduous

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FRUITING PERIOD: Aug-Oct.

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NATIVE RANGE: northeastern North America

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USDA PLANTS DATABASE
USDA Symbol: ACSP2
USDA Common Name: Mountain Maple
Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, CT, GA, IA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV), CAN (LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK), FRA (SPM)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Tree, Shrub

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: UPL FACU FACU FACU FACU

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast
WEAKLEY FLORA
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Acer spicatum
COMMON NAME: Mountain Maple
SYNONYMY: [= C, F, G, K, Pa, RAB, S, Va, W, Z]
PHENOLOGY: May-Jul; Aug-Oct.
HABITAT: High elevation forests (northern hardwoods or spruce-fir), generally above 1500 m in NC, above 900 m in VA, especially common in periglacial boulderfields.
COMMENTS: NL (Newfoundland), NL (Labrador), and SK south to PA, OH, and IA, and in the mountains to w. NC, e. TN, ne. GA, and ne. AL. The foliage is quite similar to that of A. rubrum var. rubrum, with which it can occur; in addition to the key characters, A spicatum can be distinguished from A. rubrum by its leaves which have a strongly rugose texture, the secondary and tertiary veins impressed on the upper surface, distinctly raised on the lower (vs. not rugose, the secondary and tertiary veins only slightly impressed on the upper surface, and slightly raised on the lower). A. spicatum is also sometimes confused with A. pensylvanicum, but these two species are readily distinguished by their leaves (see key).
RANGE MAP: Acer spicatum.png

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ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Aceraceae A.L. de Jussieu 1789 (Maple Family)
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ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Acer Linnaeus 1753 (Maple)
SUMMARY: A genus of about 111-126 species, trees and shrubs, primarily north temperate.
REFERENCE: Murray (1970)=Z; van Gelderen, de Jong, and Oterdoom (1994); Acevedo-Rodríguez, van Welzen, Adema, and van der Ham in Kubitzki (2011).
HERBARIUM RESOURCES
SERNEC: Find Acer spicatum in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Acer spicatum in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES
USDA: Find Acer spicatum in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Acer spicatum in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Acer spicatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Acer spicatum

NCBG RECORD
ID IMAGE1: 23802
ID IMAGE2: 0
ID IMAGE3: 23802
Include in WOTAS: 0
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2016-08-13

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