Journal for "Tree" Group Project

The observation that has been chosen for the first part of this journal is the European Horse-chestnut, also known as the Aesculus hippocastanum. In terms of phylogenetic placement, this tree is located in the kingdom Plantae, the phylum Tracheophyta, the class Magnoliopsida, the order Sapindales, the Hippocastanaceae family, and the genus Aesculus.

There is no common adaptation between all the observations in the project, but there is an adaptation that all the observed tree species in the project have in common, which is their broad leaves. One reason why they all have broad leaves is to be able to capture as much sunlight as they can for the tree so that more energy can be made.

One unique adaptation for one of my observations, the Red Maple (Acer rubrum), is its unique seed shape which is paired and lopsided (Amsel). This adaptation helps the seeds to travel farther distances in a helicopter-like motion and increase their chances of landing in sunny areas where they would be able to take root (Amsel).


Amsel, S. (n.d.). Maple (Red) Adaptations. Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2021. Retrieved September 18, 2021, from

Publicado por apollo_goderich apollo_goderich, 19 de septiembre de 2021


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