Saturday, April 30, 2011

April 30 - Allegheny Chinquapin - Castanea pumila



Young leaves of the Allegheny Chinquapin
Young leaves of the Allegheny Chinquapin
Young leaves of the Allegheny Chinquapin
This Allegheny Chinquapin lives on a mountain side near Asheville.  This is a close relative to the American Chestnut, that was pretty much wiped out at the beginning of the 20th century by the Chestnut Blight.  The Allegheny Chinquapin is much smaller than the American Chestnut.  Wildlife and people eat the chestnuts as they are quite sweet and said to be delicious.

Rebecca

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