Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
Forest Types: Riverine
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Bottomland woods; growing east of the Great Plains.
Stature: Up to 100 feet high and 4 feet in diameter (or even larger); with a spreading, rounded crown.
Leaves: Compound; composed of 9-19 leaflets; leaflets shaped like elongated candle flames, doubly toothed, curved and pointed, with the end leaflet up to 8 inches long; dark yellow green and smooth on top, paler and smooth to very finely hairy below.
Bark: Reddish brown to pinkish brown; breaking into small scales with maturity.
Nuts: Ellipsoid; up to 2 inches long; nut shell thin, with four "sutures"; nut thin and pointed, sweet.
"Carya illinoensis" is an alternate spelling.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2011, June). Pecan (Carya illinoinensis). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/carya_illinoinensis.html