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: guide.

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Sorbus torminalis

Alisier des bois
Chequer Tree


Additional information

Plant family


Provence Verte

Flower colour


Flower size

12 mm

Flowering months



Leaf type



15-25 m


One of the most valuable hardwoods in Europe. It is fine-grained, very dense and has a good bending strength. In the past it was used for make billiard cue sticks, musical instruments and screws for wine presses. Today it is only used in decorative veneers.


Flowers are creamy white. Each flower has 5 petals with 20 creamy-white stamens, assembled in corymbs, 10 cm across.


Lobed leaf shaped with indents and protrusions. Resembling a palmate leaf with 5-9 acute lobes, shiny, autumn red, 6-14 cm long.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: outer fleshy parts surround a pit with a seed inside, russet-brown with golden speckles, 15 mm.


Fruit: has a sour flavour; when overripe and bletted it can taste like dates. Another name for the fruit is ‘chequers’ and prior to hops was used to flavour beer.

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