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Tilia americana

Tilia americana L.

 

American Basswood, American Linden

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
OrderMalvalesIncludes cacao, balsa, lime, linden, basswood, daphnes, hibiscus, hollyhocks, okra, baobab, cotton, kapok, and many others
FamilyMalvaceaeIncludes okra, jute, cacao, hibiscus, many others
GenusTilia
Speciesamericana“Of or from America”

About plant names...

Bassword is native to eastern North America.

Identification: Trees are up to 80' (24 m) tall, rarely over 100’, and roughly oval, but often very irregular in shape. Bark is smooth and gray-green in young trees, becoming furrowed, gray or gray-brown, and fibrous. Leaves are alternate, ovate to cordate, heart-shaped, coarsely serrate, 5-6" (12-15 cm) long, with pinnate veins. Leaves may have light-colored, fuzzy undersides. Flowers are in lacy clusters, creamy yellow, fragrant, appearing from April to July. They hang on long, narrow petioles from white leafy bracts. Fruits are round nutlets ¼" (6.3 mm) in diameter.

Online References:

Tilia americana on FLORIDATA

Tilia americana at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Tilia americana at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Tilia americana on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Tilia americana on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

7/23/2010 · Nashua River Boat Ramp on Rte 119, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm)

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

1/1/2012 · Big Tree Trail • Tudor Richards Natural History and Forest Trail, Hollis, NH
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

7/23/2010 · Nashua River Boat Ramp on Rte 119, Groton, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Tilia americana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 6 Nov 2013.

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Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

7/23/2010 · Nashua River Boat Ramp on Rte 119, Groton, MA
≈ 21 × 31" (52 × 78 cm)

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

1/1/2012 · Big Tree Trail • Tudor Richards Natural History and Forest Trail, Hollis, NH
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME

Tilia americana (American Basswood, American Linden)

7/23/2010 · Nashua River Boat Ramp on Rte 119, Groton, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Range: Zones 2-8:

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