Carya tomentosa Nutt. - Mockernut Hickory

Carya tomentosa plant

Family - Juglandaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Carya tomentosa stem

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Carya tomentosa rachisLeaf rachis.

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Carya tomentosa inflorescenceStaminate catkins.

Carya tomentosa pistillate flowersPistillate flowers.

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Carya tomentosa flowersStaminate flowers.

Carya tomentosa pistillate flowerPistillate flower.

Carya tomentosa fruitFruit.

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Dry upland woods, high ridges, frequently on acid soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This large tree species can be found nearly throughout Missouri but is absent from much of the northwest corner of the state. The tree can be identified by its fissured bark, pinnate leaves, and densely hairy leaf rachises. The fruits of this species have a thick husk surrounding the hard nut inside.
The nuts of this species are eaten by wildlife and native humans of the region. The wood from the tree is very hard and is used to make furniture and tool handles. The unusually light-colored sapwood has earned the tree a common name of White Hickory.

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL.,


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