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An individual instance of Carpinus caroliniana (American hornbeam)
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This small tree is located near the bottom of the stairs in the retaining wall by the chapel. It is between the sidewalk to 21st Ave.S. and the Central Library.

American hornbeam has leaves similar to hop hornbeam leaves.  The bark of American hornbeam is smooth like beech bark (giving it one of its common names: "blue beech"), but looks like it has rippling muscles beneath it (giving it another of its common names: "muscle-tree").  This is quite different from the shreddy bark of hop hornbeam.  American hornbeam fruits hang in a small cluster which has a more leafy look than the hop hornbeam fruits.

American hornbeam is common in middle Tennessee forests.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-950.

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Carpinus caroliniana


sec. 1993

common name: American hornbeam
family: Betulaceae
Identified 2005-11-17 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14607°, -86.80042°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - whole - male
fruit - lateral or general close-up
fruit - lateral or general close-up 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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