An individual instance of Nyssa sylvatica (blackgum)
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This small tree grows along the north side of the sidewalk that marks the north side of Library Lawn, between Garland Hall and the Divinity School.

The general characteristics of black gum are described in the notes for the tree across the sidewalk from this one. That tree is a male, while this tree is a female. In the fall, female black gum trees produces fleshy black fruits.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-1025.

This particular organism is believed to have managedmeans of establishment.

This organismal entity has the scope: multicellular organism.

Remarks:Cut down in 2024 for the expansion of Garland Hall.


Nyssa sylvatica


sec. Gleason Cronquist 1991

common name: blackgum
family: Cornaceae
Identified 2006-04-21 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14619°, -86.80137°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - lateral view of flower
inflorescence - lateral view of flower
inflorescence - frontal view of flower

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.

Metadata last modified: 2024-04-24T15:08:57.262-05:00
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