Sweetgum

Liquidambar styracifluaA pod of the American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) on a recent bright day.swThese little nuggets came out the mouth-like openings of the pod, so I assumed they were the seeds. But I was wrong. Later, walking with tree-maven Ken Chaya, we knocked another pod. Liquidambar styracifluaThe winged seeds, or samaras, are seen here with more of the tiny nubby bits. What those nubby bits are, exactly, neither of us are yet sure.

2 Responses to “Sweetgum”


  1. 1 crystalhrogers December 4, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Likely undeveloped seed from the looks. as if sweetgum needed any extra seed.

  2. 2 Paul Lamb December 5, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Sweetgum – a tree of my childhood!


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