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Field Maple (Acer campestre)

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Field maple is a small, deciduous tree which can be up to 25m tall, but often reaches only 15m. It has fissured often corky bark. It prefers lime-rich soils in woodland, often as an understory to the oak, or in scrub and hedges. Its five petalled flowers are small and green. They are produced in upright clusters of 10-20 after the leaves have developed. Male and female flowers exist on the same tree. The males have eight stamens, the females a forked style. The fruits consist of a pair of 'propellers' each with a seed held at 180 degrees. The leaves have 3-5 lobes. They are hairless above but downy below on the veins. The leaf surface often has 'blisters' caused by a gall-forming mite. Here the flowers are just beginning to develop onto seed buds Picture taken 23rd April 2018 at Old Warden.

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24th Apr 2018 by Diane Earl

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Biology, Environmental Science, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4


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