Acer monspessulanum L., Sp. Pl. 1056 1753. (Syn: Acer commutatum C.Presl; Acer denticulatum Dippel; Acer heckianum Asch. ex Wesm.; Acer hungaricum Borbás; Acer illyricum J.Jacq.; Acer liburnicum (Pax) Dippel; Acer loscosii Rouy; Acer monspessulanum var. athoum Bornm. & Sint. ………………………..; Acer rectangulum Dulac; Acer rumelicum (Griseb.) Borbás; Acer talyschense Radde-Fom.; Acer trifolium Duhamel; Acer trilobatum Lam.; Acer trilobum Moench);
Montpellier Mapleis a species of maple native to the Mediterranean region from Morocco and Portugal in the west, to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel in the east, and north to the Jura Mountains in France and the Eifel in Germany.
Acer monspessulanum is a medium-sized deciduous tree or densely-branched shrub that grows to a height of 10–15 m (rarely to 20 m). The trunk is up to 75 cm diameter, with smooth, dark grey bark on young trees, becoming finely fissured on old trees. Among similar maples is most easily distinguished by its small three-lobed leaves, 3–6 cm long and 3–7 cm wide, glossy dark green, sometimes a bit leathery, and with a smooth margin, with a 2–5 cm petiole. The leaves fall very late in autumn, typically in November. The flowers are produced in spring, in pendulous, yellow to white corymbs 2–3 cm long. The samaras are 2–3 cm long with rounded nutlets.
(from Wikipedia on 22.1.14)
Sapindaceae Fortnight: Acer monspessulanum from California-GS-12 : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Acer monspessulanum, photographed from California