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Platanus wrightii, Arizona Sycamore Tree

Platanus wrightii, Arizona Sycamore TreePlatanus wrightii, Arizona Sycamore TreePlatanus wrightii, Arizona Sycamore TreePlatanus wrightii, Arizona Sycamore Tree

Scientific Name: Platanus wrightii
Common Name: Arizona Sycamore
Also Called: (Spanish: Aliso, Sicomoro, Álamo)
Family: Platanaceae, Plane-tree Family
Synonyms: (Platanus racemosa subsp. wrightii, Platanus racemosa var. wiightii, Platanus racemosa var. wrightii)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial.
Size: Up to 75 feet tall, more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; trunks erect or often reclining especially in riparian canyons, mottled bard, white branches, outer bark flaking off exposing smooth white inner bark.
Leaves: Green, stipules present, palmate, deeply lobed, margins entire or minutely serrate
Flower Color: Green, inconspicuous, fruit a 4-sided achene with a basal tuft of long hairs.
Flowering Season: April to May.
Elevation: 2,000 to 6,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Riparian rivers and canyons below 6,000 feet.
Recorded Range: Arizona Sycamore is relatively rare in the United States where it ocurrs primarily in Arizona with populations in New Mexico. It is also native to northwestern Mexico. In Arizona it is found throughout most of the state below 6,000 feet.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Platanus wrightii.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: In North America Platanus wrightii has the following wetland designations:
Top Level Regions: Lower 48 States, FACW; North America, FACW;
North America: Arid West, FACW; Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast, FACW.
FACW = Facultative Wetland, usually occur in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 1 genus in Plantanaceae in North America with 5 species.

The Plant List includes 9 accepted species names in Platanus.

Species of Platanaceae contained within The Plant List belong to 1 plant genera. The Plant List includes 50 scientific plant names of species rank for the family Platanaceae. Of these 9 are accepted species names.

Comments: The Arizona Sycamore is very similar to the California Sycamore, Platanus racemosa and at one time was thought to be a sub-species thereof. The Mogollon Rim is the approximate northern limit of this species Arizona.

The type (Platanus racemosa var. wrightii) from near the San Pedro River.

Date Profile Completed: 05/05/2016
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
Robert B. Kaul, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 3 | Platanaceae | Platanus 3. Platanus wrightii S. Watson, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 10: 349. 1875. Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed dates 05/05/2016).
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 05/05/2016 ).
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information