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Acer caesium Wall. ex Brandis, For. Fl. NW. & C. India. 111, tab. 21. 1874. Hiern in Hook.f., l.c. 695; E. Murray & Rech.f., l.c. 4, tab. 3; R.R. Stewart, l.c. 461; E. Murray in Kalmia, l.c. 5.

Vern.: Tarkanna.

Acer caesium

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Acer molle sensu Pax

    Trees, up to 25 m tall, deciduous. Bark canescent or pale brown. Twigs red-brown, glabrous, peppered with callous dots. Flower buds large, prominent in dormant season. Leaves 8-20 cm across, palmately 3-5-lobed; basal lobes small, nerves 3-5, each penninerved, thinly pubescent to glabrescent except in the axils beneath; petioles 5-15 cm long, stout. Inflorescence terminal, corymbose, puberulous. Flowers 5-merous, 5 mm across, yellow-green. Sepals obovate, 3-4 mm long, Petals shorter than the sepals. Stamens 8, inserted inside the disc, glabrous. Ovary pubescent; styles connate halfway. Samaras 3-5 cm long, glabrous; wings erect to connivent; nutlets gibbous, dark brown.

    Fl.Per.: March-May.

    Type: Described from NW. Himalayas.

    Distribution: Hindukush and Himalayas.

    Our commonest maple, chiefly found on north-facing slopes from 2000 to 3500 m elevation.


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