American Beech

American Beech - Maureen Costura Anthropology 150 10...

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Maureen Costura Anthropology 150 10 September 2007 American Beech ( Fagus grandifolia ) The American Beech ( Fagus grandifolia ) was once seen all over North America during the glacial period, but today, it is confined to Eastern North America (Houston, Tubbs). Presently, they can be found from New Brunswick to Florida, west to Texas and Ontario (Morris 2004). There is also a European species, Mexican species ( Fagus mexicana ), and Southern North American species ( f. grandifolia var. caroliniana ); however, none of these species are considered to be identical to Fagus grandifolia (Beaulieu 2007). This deciduous tree grows along rich uplands, mountain slopes, streams, swamps, and shaded protected ravines (American Beech 2002). The American Beech is more prone to grow in shady areas, although it can also be found in sunny regions of forests (Morris 2004). Even in these two different environments, the growth patterns differ; in sunnier areas, the American Beech has a short, yet still massive, trunk that splits into several horizontal branches while in shadier areas, it tends to have a long, straight massive trunk (American Beech 2002). Overall, this tree requires loose soil that provides adequate moisture to flourish (Beaulieu 2007). The leaves of the Fagus grandifolia are generally 2.5 to 5.5 inches long with many veins
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2009 for the course ANTHR 150 taught by Professor Costura,maureen during the Fall '07 term at Cornell.

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