Misc.-Buckeye or Chestnut TB09
Monday, March 26, 2012
Texas, United States
In the hands of ksilk.
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About This Item
My wife is from Toledo, OH, so when she visits family she always brings buckeyes back to Texas with her. In 2011 we were in Switzerland and Austria and, never havings seen chestnuts, we thought we were seeing buckeyes on the sidewalks. We learned the truth and I had another idea for travel bugs. We later aquired some chestnuts for comparison.
The TB is either a buckeye or chestnut—you decide after comparison with the photos. Buckeyes tend to be a little smaller in size, with a smaller hilum (attachment scar) and are darker colored. If you are from Ohio, you probably know the difference since you are from the historic range of both species. The American chestnut was extirpated from most of its range by a blight (caused by a fungus). They now occur only in isolated spots on the margins of their former range. The chestnuts we find in stores now mostly originate in Europe or the orient.
Interestingly, despite the similarity of the nuts and tree leaves, buckeyes and chestnuts are in completely different plant families, and, chestnuts are edible whereas buckeyes can be toxic without a lot of preparation.
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