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Acer argutum 1

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Sapindales

Familia: Sapindaceae
Subfamilia: Hippocastanoideae
Tribus: Acereae
Genus: Acer
Species: Acer argutum

Acer argutum Maxim., Bull. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg, sér. 3, 12: 226 (1867).
Native distribution areas:

Eastern Asia

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Additional references

Murray, A.E., 1970. A monograph of the Aceraceae. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University. Reference page.
Gelderen, D.M. van, Jong, & Oterdoom, H.J. 1994. Maples of the world. Timber Press, Portland, Or., 458 pp. ISBN 0-88192-000-2. Reference page.
Govaerts, R.H.A. 1995. World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2). 483, 529 pp. MIM, Deurne. ISBN 90-341-0852-X (issue 1) ISBN 90-341-0853-8 (issue 2). Reference page.
Iwatsuki, K., Boufford, D.E. & Ohba, H. (eds.) 1999. Flora of Japan IIc. Angiospermae, Dicotyledoneae, Archichlamydeae(c). 328 pp., Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo. ISBN 978-4-06-154606-6 Reference page.


Harvey-Brown, Y. 2020. Acer argutum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020. IUCN Red List Category: Least Concern. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-1.RLTS.T193519A2241234.en.
Hassler, M. 2020. Acer argutum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2020 September 19. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acer argutum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 September 19. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Acer argutum. Published online. Accessed: 19 September 2020.

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Feinzähniger Ahorn
English: Deep-veined Maple
日本語: アサノハカエデ

Acer argutum, commonly known in English as pointed-leaf maple and in Japanese as asanoha-kaede,[2] is a species of deciduous flowering tree native to Japan. It is a member of the genus Acer, in the family Sapindaceae. It has an upright growth habit and can reach heights of 10 m (33 ft) tall.[3]


The genus epithet acer stems from the Latin "acro-", which roughly translates to sharp or rise out, referring to the shape of the leaves.[4] In a similar vein, the species epithet argutum translates to mean "with notched edges".[5]
Distribution and habitat

The pointed-leaf maple is native to areas near bodies of water such as rivers and streams, at elevations of 800–1900 metres. It is found of the woodland, subalpine mountainous areas of Honshu and Shikoku in Japan.[2][6] It is often found at the edges of forests, as it requires partial sunlight; it grows in any type of soil and tolerates all pH levels.[2]

This species is a deciduous tree with an upright habit forming a dense canopy. The wide, green leaves are acuminate with 5 lobes. They change color from green to yellow and orange in autumn. It can grow up to 10 metres tall and 8 metres wide in 10 years.[7] The species is dioecious, with separate male and female flowers.[8]

The sugary sap is used as either a drink or made into syrup. The syrup is primarily used as a sweetener, and is sourced by tapping into the trunk during early spring, especially after a period of scarification.[9] The leaves may be used in packaging in order to preserve apples or root crops.[10]
References, retrieved 9 October 2018
U.S. National Plant Germplasm System, retrieved 10 October 2018
Plants for a Future - Acer argutum Maxim., retrieved 10 October 2018
etymonline - acro-, retrieved 10 October 2018
Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored (PDF), retrieved 28 July 2019
Bean's Trees & Shrubs - Acer argutum Maxim., retrieved 12 October 2018, retrieved 9 October 2018
Renner, S. S.; Beenken, L.; Grimm, G. W.; Kocyan, A.; Ricklefs, R. E. (2007). "The Evolution of Dioecy, Heterodichogamy, and Labile Sex Expression in Acer". Evolution. 61 (11): 2701–2719. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00221.x. PMID 17894810. S2CID 1940661., retrieved 9 October 2018
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