To reduce the number or "I don't know"s, " it might be"s, and frantic field guide thumbing, I have decided to bring you along on my race to relearn all 99. During the class I took notes and drew most specimens so when possible I will try to include pictures of my notebook to prove to you and to myself that I have actually, at one point in my life seen these plants in the wild.
Let's start with trees since they will be the main focus of the camp.
Common characteristics: Opposite leaves, and the fruit is a schizocarp (mostly refered to as helicopters or samaras).
Acer negundo - Manitoba maple, Elf maple, Box Elder, Érable à Giguère
This is the only North American Maple to have pinnately compound leaves (3 to 7 leaflets). It can grow quite tall (10-25m) and is frequently found along the roads in Montreal.
It enjoys full sunlight and ample supplies of water. It is often found in riparian zones (flood plains).
Acer pensylvanicum - Striped Maple, Moose Maple, Érable de Pensylvanie
Young Striped Maples look like they are wearing pajamas because of the green and white striped trunk. Although still striped, the pattern is not as obvious when it's older. It's a small tree or a very large bush, it's average height is between 5-10m (a woody plant is considered a bush under 8m). It has big broad palmate leaves with three forward pointing lobes.
This tree is mostly found in the understory of cool, moist forests. It's extremely shade-tolerant and will never become a canopy tree.
Acer rubrum - Red Maple, Swamp Maple, Érable Rouge
I wrote about this tree in one of my Spring Time in the City posts, you can find it by clinking here. I posted pictures of the flowers. It's a medium size tree (18-27m), it generally has red petioles and small branches and a ''V'' shape between it's 3 lobes.
It can grow most anywhere, it's a very tolerant tree.
There are three more Maples present in Quebec but I'm going to stop here for tonight. I've got to save some for tomorrow. So 3 down, 96 to go!
Tune in tomorrow to find out what makes popcorn pop.