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Lime tree 30 Jul 2013 18-44

Observed: 30th July 2013 By: Jonathan
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lime tree 30 Jul 2013 18-44
lime tree 30 Jul 2013 18-45
lime tree 30 Jul 2013 18-046
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Identifications
Species interactions

Species with which Lime (Tilia) interacts

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Jonathan's picture

Thanks for the alternate ID,

Thanks for the alternate ID, Dawn, but I can guarantee this is not a mulberry as the tree produces lime fruits (none this year for some reason) and is in my garden. I'd like it to be a mulberry, though!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

lavateraguy's picture

I was working on an argument ...

... that this was Tilia rather than Morus, but you've got a better one than I have.

I had read the photograph as a "pollarded" lime consequently producing atypical foliage (you can't use sprout leaves to identify limes).

Morus leaves are 3-nerved at the base. Tilia are typically 5-nerved at the base. The exemplar leaf is 3-nerved, and there isn't a large sample of leaves with a clear view of the venation pattern, but it looks as if most of them are 5-nerved.

The sandpaper texture of the upper side of the leaves is a useful field marker for Morus nigra.

Jonathan's picture

Thanks for the ID tip,

Thanks for the ID tip, lavateraguy. Your regular help with such things is much appreciated. You will be interested to know that we want to find a way to make such tips searchable so that they can be displayed when and where they are relevant. We have not cracked how to do this yet, so don't hold your breath, but keep up the good work!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

lavateraguy's picture

You could try crowd-sourcing it ...

... get the users to upvote what they think are useful identification tips.

Jonathan's picture

Good idea. I like its

Good idea. I like its simplicity too.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Rachy Ramone's picture

If it makes limes...

...surely it's Citrus aurantifolia?

*laughs*

Or Entelea arborescens?

Rachy Ramone

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