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Hippocastanaceae -- Horsechestnut family

    Robert D. Williams

    Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra), also known as American buckeye,  fetid buckeye, and stinking buck-eye, derives its unflattering common  names from the disagreeable odor that emanates when the leaves are  crushed. The tree is an attractive ornamental, but it has limited  commercial use as sawtimber because of the soft, light wood. The bark and  seeds contain a narcotic glucoside considered poisonous to livestock,  leading many landowners to eradicate it.


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Robert D. Williams

Source: Silvics of North America

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