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Aceraceae (Maple Family)

Acer rubrum

Maple, Red

note the red petioles

Plant TypeTree
Life CyclePerennial
HabitatMoist woods, transition areas, many places
EdibilityAs it is a maple, the sap should be drinkable. It may also be possible to distill it into a syrup.
Utilitarian UsesThe wood is good for the bow drill method of firemaking.
Other NotesI have observed chipmunks gathering and eating the seeds.