Acer pseudoplatanus L.

Sycamore Maple

Sp. Pl. 1054 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Wide-crowned, deciduous tree to c. 25 m high; andromonoecious. Leaves palmately 3–5-lobed, 8–15 cm long and wide, cordate at base, often glaucous and/or reddish beneath, with scattered short hairs beneath, particularly near the veins; lobes usually divided c. midway to petiole; margins irregulary toothed; petioles 4–15 cm long. Flowers in pendent terminal racemes or racemose panicles to c. 10–15 cm long, appearing after leaves; pedicels slender, 3–8 mm long; sepals and petals similar, greenish, oblong, 2–3 mm long; nectary disc annular, corrugated; stamens 8–10, arising within nectary; ovary woolly. Samaras c. 5 cm long, the seed compartment nearly spherical, under 1 cm long, wings nearly parallel, prominently veined. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to mountainous parts of Europe, widely naturalized. Recorded from Zumsteins in the Grampians, Mt Macedon, Dandenong Ranges, Jamieson areas, but likely to become naturalised from windblown seed wherever cultivated near tall wet forests.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Aceraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Sapindaceae
genus Acer
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acer pseudoplatanus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acer pseudoplatanus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory