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Acer sterculiaceum in Hackfalls Arboretum (2)

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
Section: Acer sect. Lithocarpa
Species: Acer sterculiaceum
Subspecies: A. s. subsp. franchetii – A. s. subsp. sterculiaceum

Acer sterculiaceum Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 2: 3 (1830).

Acer villosum Wall., nom. inval. (1830; non C.Presl 1822)

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 Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University.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.
Grierson, A.J.C. & Long, D.G. 2001. Flora of Bhutan 2: 1–1675. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. ISBN 1-872291-02-3 Reference page.
Hsu, T.Z., Chen, Y.S., Jong,, Oterdoom, H.J. & Chang, C.S. 2008. Acer. Pp. 537 in Wu, Zh.Y. , Raven, P.H. & Hong, D.Y. (eds.), Flora of China. Volume 11: Oxalidaceae through Aceraceae. Science Press, Beijing & Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, ISBN 978-1-930723-73-3. efloras PDF Reference page.


Oldfield, S. 2018. Acer sterculiaceum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. IUCN Red List Category: Least Concern. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T193874A2287979.en.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Acer sterculiaceum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 January 13. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Acer sterculiaceum. Published online. Accessed: 13 January 2020.

Vernacular names
English: Himalayan maple
中文: 苹婆枫

Acer sterculiaceum (Franchet’s maple, Himalayan maple, 苹婆枫) is a species of maple tree in the soapberry family. It is indigenous to Bhutan, northern India, and southwestern and central China (Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Tibet, Yunnan).[2]

Acer sterculiaceum grows at altitudes of 1,800–3,100 metres (5,900–10,200 ft). It is a tree up to 20 meters tall with dark gray or grayish-brown bark. Leaves are palmately lobed, usually with 3 or 5 lobes but occasionally 7. Leaves are up to 20 cm long, thick and a bit leathery, dark green and hairless on the top, lighter green and woolly on the underside.[2][3]


Acer sterculiaceum subsp. franchetii (Pax) A.E.Murray - central and southwestern China
Acer sterculiaceum subsp. sterculiaceum - Yunnan, Tibet, Bhutan, India
Acer sterculiaceum subsp. thomsonii (Miq.) A.E.Murray - northern India


The Plant List, Acer sterculiaceum Wall.
Flora of China, Acer sterculiaceum Wallich, 1830. 苹婆枫 ping po feng
Douglas Justice, 2010. Qingling maple, Acer tsinglingense, or Franchet's maple, Acer sterculiaceum subsp. franchetii. Arnoldia 68(2):57-58

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