Sweet Gum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua)

This photo was taken in April, 2005. The sweet gum tree is a living fossil; specimens as much as 55,000,000 years of age have been found. A member of the witch hazel family.
Sweet gum tree

common name Sweet Gum Tree
domain Eukaryota
kingdom Plantae; subkingdom Tracheobionta
phylum Spermatophyta
class Magnoliaphyta
order Hamamelidales
family Hamamelidaceae
genus Liquidambar
species styraciflua
location Central Texas
IUCN status Not evaluated
Extremely local species are itemized species seen at our homes: on the actual property, or in the air above it. (Across the street doesn’t count!) I began by itemizing species seen at our house in Copperas Cove, Texas, and later expanded the project to include our home in Renton, Washington.

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