Aesculus pavia L. - Red Buckeye
Family - Hippocastanaceae
Stems - Woody, to 4m. Tree-like with single trunk or shrub-like with multiple stems.
Leaves - Opposite, petiolate, palmately compound with 5 leaflets. Leaflets oblanceolate to obovate, acute to acuminate, toothed, glabrous to sparsely above and below. Petioles reddish, glabrous to somewhat pubescent.
Inflorescence - Terminal panicle to 25cm tall.
Flowers - Corolla red. Petals 4, unequal. Styles long protruding from corolla. Stamens included or slightly longer than corolla.
Front view of flower.
Fruits - Smooth, punctate, slightly longer than broad, to 5cm in diameter.
Flowering - April - June.
Habitat - Slopes, rich woods, streambanks, also cultivated.
Origin - Native to southeastern U.S., found wild in southeastern Missouri and cultivated throughout the state.
Other info. - This is a striking
plant and one of the first "trees" to bloom in spring. It is toxic if eaten.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 3-23-05.