Taxonomy /form and function - Kingdom of plants part of what needs energy from sunlight. (photosynthesis)
- The kingdom of plants/plantae all function almost the same way, they need energy from the sun and observe food from the soil. The main differences between these two are that plants such as shrubs,gasses are short and closer to the ground. Plants also have softer stems. Most trees are taller than other plants also have woody stems.
- Most deciduous trees have a woody trunk, and mostly very tall. Most of them lose their leaves seasonally, most common season is autumn. Some of the leaves also change colors such as different types of the maple trees. Sunlight is needed for many deciduous trees to produce energy.
- Deciduous trees are important to the Byrne Creek forest because they provide shelter and food for many small animals and insects. Deciduous trees also provide nutrient for microorganisms and the tree itself when the leaves fall in the winter Ecology:
Appearance: Height: Up to 20 meters Leaves: 7 to 9 triangular lobes (palmately-lobed) Bark: Smooth with shallow cracks Fruit: grows winged seeds Vine maple can become a sprawling shrub that grows into dense thickets. It also likes moisture but will live without water as long as it has a little shade (the Vine Maple does not enjoy intense heat).
WINGED SEEDS a.k.a. SAMARA
Red Maple Latin Name:Acer rubrum
Appearance: Height: Up to 25 meters Leaves: 3 to 5 sharp, irregular lobes Bark: Dark grayish-brown colour with scaly, ridged cracks Fruit: grows winged seeds Red Maple is native to the eastern half of North America. It makes for a beautiful shade tree all season long with vivid red flowers in spring, solid green leaves through the summer and brilliant crimson foliage in the fall.