Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Castania sativa

Châtaignier
Sweet Chestnut

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Plant family

Area

Les Maures

Flower colour

green

Flower size

10-20 cm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

30 m

Description

Deciduous, native to southern Europe.

The wood is light in colour, hard and strong and used in southern Europe to make furniture, barrels and roof beams. In the town of Collobrières a confectionary industry is built around the sweet chestnut. The tree is referred to locally as ‘l’arbre à pain’.

Flowers

The flowers appear after the leaves, the male and female flowers together on the same tree, the female flower situated just underneath the male catkin. The more noticeable male catkin is upright, narrow and segmented.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle, Elliptic oval leaf. Oval, oblong, pointed, positioned alternately on the branch, serrated, shiny above, lighter underneath.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: sweet chestnut, inside a spiky casing which splits open into 4 parts.

Edible

Fruit: roasted or made into flour to make cakes or bread. It is very nutritious and was much used when no other staples were available.

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