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Acer paxii

Acer paxii Franchet

 

Evergreen Maple

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderSapindalesIncludes citrus; maples, horse-chestnuts, lychees and rambutans; mangos and cashews; frankincense and myrrh; mahogany and neem
FamilySapindaceaeSoapberry family
GenusAcerMaples
SpeciespaxiiNamed for German botanist Ferdinand Albin Pax (1858-1942)

About plant names...

This relatively rare tree is from southwestern China. It was discovered by P. Delavay in 1883, and later named for German botanist Ferdinand Albin Pax.

Identification: Trees are up to 49' (15 m) tall. Leaves have three lobes or none at all, and are 1¾-4" (5-11 cm) × ¾-2" (2-6 cm). This is an evergreen, while most maples are deciduous. Seeds are winged as with other maples, but purple. Not found in the wild in North America. See Acer for a comparison chart.

Online References:

Acer paxii on eFloras

Acer paxii at the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute's SelecTree site (good photos)

Acer paxii on the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research forums

Acer paxii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Acer paxii (Evergreen Maple)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

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