Acer obtusatum (Waldst. Et Kit. ex Willd). It is a deciduous shrub or tree of the Sapindaceae family. It grows up to 20 meters high, the treetop is wide and branched. The root system is well developed, with a trunk up to 1 m in diameter. The bark is reddish, initially smooth, later cracked in irregular scales.
The branches are thin and long, the young shoots are yellowish-brown, grayish-brown to reddish, densely covered with light lenticels. Sometimes there are two smaller pups next to it. Leaves opposite, simple, round, weakly heart-shaped bases, shallowly incised into 5-7 short and blunt lobes, 4-12 cm long, 4-12 cm wide, serrated or rarely entire, light gray-green on the face, dense on the back grayish males, located on a reddish petiole 5-12 cm long.
The flowers are monoecious, monocotyledonous, light yellow or yellowish-green, with 3-4 cm-long stems clustered in dangling inflorescences. They are made of five leaves of a cup and a wreath, the male flowers have 8 stamens, the female flowers have one bunch with overlying fertility. They bloom in April and May at the same time as leafing. The fruits are single-seeded nuts with wings, the feathers are about 2.5-3.5 cm long, glabrous, basically narrowed and their wings arranged at almost right angles. They ripen in September.
It is widespread in southern Europe (France, Italy and the Balkan) and northwest Africa. It grows individually or in groups in semi-shady habitats in mountain forests up to 1600 m above sea level. It is also grown as an ornamental tree in parks. Propagated by seed, fast-growing…
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