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Why wafer ash is called wafer ash

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Texas; native;

Wafer ash is called wafer ash because of its samaras. A samara is a winged fruit, and the small (0.75–1 inch, 18–25 mm), mostly flat ones of Ptelea trifoliata must have looked to people like little wafers. They still do.

I made this close view of a backlit wafer ash samara in Balcones District Park on January 3, 2012.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 30, 2015 at 5:15 AM

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