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Hop tree. Wafer ash

Ptelea trifoliata


Small tree or multi trunked shrub. Compound leaves, 3 medium sized leaflets that have a strong smell when crushed. Flowers are yellow green, in clusters with new leaves. Fruit is round, flat, paper like wings that are green, turning to tan.


In shaded woodlands, often near streams.


Early settlers used the fruit, instead of true hops, to make beer. Its bark and roots also have been used as a substitute for quinine in the treatment of malaria.

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

elm has similar seed pods?

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Neat seed pods!

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 16, 2012
Submitted on Apr 21, 2012

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