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General Forestry => Tree, Plant and Wood I.D. => Topic started by: Jeff on April 28, 2010, 10:56:36 PM

Title: Mother-in-law leaf (Solved American Sycamore)
Post by: Jeff on April 28, 2010, 10:56:36 PM
This Leaf was found in Tammy's mom's yard. Any guesses on what it might be?

 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/unknown_leaf.jpg)
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: fishpharmer on April 28, 2010, 11:21:16 PM
Brown.

Yes, definitely a Brown Leaf.
Guess you saw that coming. :)

It looks Sycamorish to me, or maybe maplish?
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: pigman on April 28, 2010, 11:22:07 PM
Looks like sycamore to me. You did say to guess. ;D
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: Gary_C on April 29, 2010, 05:29:01 AM
Does the tree have any tap holes in the lower stem?
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Post by: Ron Wenrich on April 29, 2010, 05:29:42 AM
Sycamore is my guess.
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: bandmiller2 on April 29, 2010, 06:23:08 AM
American plaintree alis sycamore, pretty patchy bark??Frank C.
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: Gary_C on April 29, 2010, 07:30:53 AM
Sugar Maple!
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: Jeff on April 29, 2010, 08:11:26 AM
 I don't know what it is either. It blew into her yard from the woods near her. Its not a leaf from one of her trees.  She does live right on the Muskegon river so there is a good chance of there being sycamore and sugar maples in the area. Both of those were my preliminary guesses.  The trees she does have in her yard are pretty huge. I think I may have a picture of one. I'll look, but its irrelevant to the I.D. of the leaf pictured.
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: OneWithWood on April 29, 2010, 11:13:17 AM
i'm in the Sycamore camp.
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: Brian Beauchamp on April 30, 2010, 01:28:18 PM
Sycamore...definitely...neither Sycamore Maple or London Planetree have the margins that extend below the leaf base like that.
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: bill m on April 30, 2010, 08:34:48 PM
A Norway Maple sapling will have leaves that big and bigger.
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: Ironwood on May 01, 2010, 10:46:45 PM
I suppose sycamore, but also Moose Maple and Striped Maple have extension like that I believe, you are nothern. We have those two species here at 2000' and above on the ridges.

 Ironwood
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: Jeff on May 02, 2010, 12:03:01 AM
No, striped maple is entirely different. Not even close.

Picture from way back.

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,290.0.html
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: SwampDonkey on May 02, 2010, 03:22:02 AM
Looks like sycamore to me as well. I have three books and the more northern sycamore seems to have a deep cut in the leaf base than further south. But it's not described as such distinction. But, my Native trees of Canada book shows a deeper cut at the base than Audubon or Harlow et al. I believe that also to be a shade leaf, which can also express different morphology than the norm.
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: Ironwood on May 02, 2010, 09:05:53 AM
I guess I was just saying the tiers extending below the base are also occuring in that leaf.

 Ironwood
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: icolquhoun on May 13, 2010, 02:04:52 PM
Having more sycamore here than we know what to do with, and being a kid who always loved climbing in them on river and stream-edges I am 99.9% certain that's sycamore
Title: Re: Mother-in-law leaf
Post by: WDH on May 13, 2010, 04:55:29 PM
It is American Sycamore.