Striped Maple Acer pensylvanicum Linnaeus    Synonyms: Moose Maple, Moosewood.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Sapindales   >   Family Sapindaceae   >   Genus Acer   

Status:

In Maryland, Striped Maple is mostly a tree of the western mountainous region. It occurs mainly in forest understory.

Description:

Striped Maple gets its name from the bark of young specimens, which is greenish and marked with white vertical stripes. This species can easily be confused with Mountain Maple, another understory species that is found mainly in mountainous areas. Mountain Maple lacks the striped bark of Striped Maple, however, and its leaves tend to be smaller, narrower, and less shallowly lobed than Striped Maple's. The flowers of both species appear after the leaves in spring and are arranged in spikes, but the spikes of Striped Maple are drooping whereas those of Mountain Maple are erect.

Where to find:

Forest understory in Maryland's mountains.

Relationships:

Host plant for various moth species including American Dagger Moth (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants).

There are 75 records in the project database.

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Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/20/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/21/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/13/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Striped Maple blooming in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/20/2018). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/10/2019). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/6/2016). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/15/2021). (c) johnbotany, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by John Hall. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/21/2014). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/27/2020). (c) apistopanchax, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/10/2019). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Striped Maple in Allegany Co., Maryland (8/8/2019). (c) huestonwill, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by huestonwill via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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