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An individual instance of Carya ovalis (red hickory)
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This tree is in the greenspace on the east side of 21st Ave. S. across from the entrance of the medical arts building.

Red hickory leaves usually have seven leaflets (occasionally 5) and its mature buds are usually reddish, in contrast to the yellow buds of bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformes). The twigs are also more slender than the twigs of mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa), another hickory with 7 leaflets. The bark is tight, unlike the shaggy bark of kingnut hickory (Carya laciniosa), which also typically has 7 (or 9) leaflets. To systematically separate hickory species, see the key to hickories. The fruits of red hickory have a relatively thin husk and their nuts are good to eat. Red hickory is fairly common in middle Tennessee. However, it often hybridizes with other hickory species (such as shagbark hickory) and so it is sometimes not possible to classify individuals to species unambiguously. This is the only known red hickory on Vanderbilt's campus.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 1-714.

This particular organism is believed to have managed means of establishment.

This organismal entity has the scope: multicellular organism.

Remarks: Mentioned in 1994 Trees of Vanderbilt book p.73.


Carya ovalis

(Wangenh.) Sarg.

sec. Gleason Cronquist 1991

common name: red hickory
family: Juglandaceae
Identified 2002-06-26 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14243°, -86.79988°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
bark - of a large tree
twig - orientation of petioles
leaf - unspecified
leaf - unspecified
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
leaf - showing orientation on twig
leaf - showing orientation on twig
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - whole - male
inflorescence - whole - male
inflorescence - whole - male
fruit - lateral or general close-up
fruit - immature

Gleason Cronquist 1991 =

Gleason, Henry A. and Arthur Cronquist, 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, US.

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