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Aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus hippocastanum L.


Horse Chestnut

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderSapindalesIncludes citrus; maples, horse-chestnuts, lychees and rambutans; mangos and cashews; frankincense and myrrh; mahogany and neem
FamilySapindaceaeSoapberry family
GenusAesculusMeans “edible acorn” (though some species are definitely not edible)
Specieshippocastanum“Horse chestnut,” because the shape on the stem after a leaf falls looks like a horseshoe

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Aesculus hippocastanum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)

8/15/2010 · Bristol Harbor, RI
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm) ID is uncertain

Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)

8/15/2010 · Bristol Harbor, RI
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain


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