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Name: George
Status: educator
Grade: 9-12
Location: MI
Country: USA
Date: Summer 2009

Question:
While vacationing in Indiana recently, I came across what appeared to be a deciduous tree with small (2cm) brown, open cones and small green, closed cones. The leaves are blade shaped and ovoid. Some leaves have an indentation at the tip. Leaves have one midrib and several alternating secondary veins. I guessed it was some kind of gymnosperm but after googling my search, gymnosperms in this area only have needle-shaped leaves. Can you please help me identify this tree?



Replies:
Check alders.

J. Elliott


Possibly an alder (Alnus)?

http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/forum/help-identifying-plants/2938-decidous-tree-pine-cones.html

for more information on trees:

http://www.hobart.k12.in.us/jkousen/TreeID/TreeID.html

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.



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