|Scientific Name||Triadica sebifera||USDA PLANTS Symbol||TRSE6|
|Common Name||Chinese Tallow, Popcorn Tree||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||29899|
|Family||Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)||Texas Invasives
|Description||Habitat: Disturbed areas, stream banks, riverbanks, wet areas, coastal prairies and many types of forests.
Plant: Fast-growing, deciduous tree from 24 to 35 ft, occasionally to 60 ft. tall; fissured bark that thickens with age; gnarled trunks.
Leaves: Alternate, oval to round or rhombic; 1-3/8 to 3-3/8 inches long and as wide; on petioles 5/8 to 3-1/2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Dangling spikes 2-3/8 to 8 inches long with tiny yellowish-green blossoms; many crowded groups of pistillate and staminate flowers along the length of the spike.
Bloom Period: April to June.
Fruit: Capsule with three compartments about 3/8 to 3/4-inch in diameter turning from green to black upon maturity; capsule walls are shed exposing the 3 wax-coated seeds resembling popcorn.
References: Tennessee Invasive Plant Council, Flora of North America, US Forest Service Fire Effects Information System and Texas Invasives.
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