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Offline lucy

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« on: November 14, 2010, 19:14 PM »
These pictures were taken in north Leon, during a moment when I realised how little I know about trees and tried to do something about it.  This one's been waiting a year and a bit for an id.

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 00:03 AM »
Greetings Lucy,
Just thought I'd stick me oar in and beat all those biologists/botanists and general know-it-all iberianatureforumers out there to it  :technodevil:
From one self-confessed non-tree expert to another, my first thought on seeing the overall shape of the tree was that it's a youngish castaño - Castanea sativa, a hunch that grew even more convincing to my mind when I saw your pic of the leaf and the bark looks about right too... That said, they all look the same to me... :banghead:

Of-course-I'm-probably-barking-up-the-wrong-tree regs.,
Technopat
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Offline glennie

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 17:54 PM »
My wife, Elena, thinks it could be an olmo de montaña.

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 19:52 PM »
Of the two suggestions, I think Elena's is most likely.  But I'm still not sure.  Looking at Collins Tree Guide, the bark is different. 

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010, 20:03 PM »
A lot of the bark appears to have fallen off or to have been stripped off. 

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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2010, 19:47 PM »
OK - I'd thought it was naturally smooth - a bit like in a birch tree - but round the other side of the trunk it's quite different - much more elm like.

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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2010, 09:43 AM »
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2010, 13:38 PM »
That's what Elena suggests.  One thing I forgot to do was photograph the position of the leaves on the branch.