Bottlebrush Buckeye
Aesculus parviflora
Hippocastanaceae (Buckeye) Family

Plant is an upright shrub or small tree to 15 feet. Its preferred habitat is rich woods at stream bank. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region, except directly at seashore and flood zones.

The leaves of Bottlebrush Buckeye are palmately dived into 5-7 segments, the central segment up to 10 inches long; prominent midvein and numerous sunken veins along both sides, stout leaf stalk attached at the tapered end of the wedge-shaped leaf base; coarsely and irregularly saw-toothed; widest beyond the middle; dark green above and dull green beneath.

The flower corolla is about an inch long, and the anthers have long filaments that extend beyond the corolla; thus the flower cluster has the appearance of a bottlebrush.

Fruit is a large capsule usually having three chambers.

The shiny seed has a hard thick wall. The large angled nuts are poisonous if eaten; however, pioneers carried a buckeye seed in their pockets to ward off rheumatism.

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