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Winged elm

Ulmus alata

Description:

Most easily recognized by the winged corky ridges along two sides of some of the smaller branches and twigs. Alternate double toothed leaves with evenly spaced coarse teeth separated by fine ones. One side of the leaf is slightly larger than the other side. The bark is light gray, thin and irregularly shaped. It produces tiny clusters of bell shaped flowers. It has a winged seed called a samara

Habitat:

Floodplains, slopes, well-drained woodlands.

Notes:

Florida Native tree. The inner bark can be soaked and woven into rope. The wood is very flexible and springy but is also hard and resists splitting. The flexibility of the wood is particularly useful for rocking chairs or curved pieces. Winged elm is the wood of choice for hockey sticks, due to its resistance to splitting.

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Karen Hileman
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Karen Hileman

Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 5, 2012
Submitted on Aug 5, 2012

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