Liquidambar styraciflua

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Name and publication

Liquidambar styraciflua L., Sp. Pl. 2: 999 (1753).


Multiple fruits of the sweet-gum are occasionally encountered in porpourri. Commonly called gum balls, these capsules resemble bird beaks or a globular sea-urchin, 1.5-3.5 cm in diameter.

Nativity and distribution

Liquidambar styraciflua is native to North America from Connecticut to Nicaragua.


Hamamelidaceae, also placed in Altingiaceae