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Taxon: Acer palmatum Thunb.

Genus: Acer section: Palmata series: Palmata
Family: Sapindaceae subfamily: Hippocastanoideae tribe: Acereae. Also placed in: Aceraceae
Nomen number: 1187
Place of publication: J. A. Murray, Syst. veg. ed. 14:911. 1784 May-Jun (Fl. jap. 162. 1784 Aug)
Name verified on: 02-Apr-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-Jun-2009
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA).
Accessions: 22 in National Plant Germplasm System.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • Japanese maple   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • smooth Japanese maple   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • ji zhua feng   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • érable du Japon   (Source: Maples ) – French
  • Fächerahorn   (Source: Maples ) – German
  • iroha-kaede   (Source: F Japan [as A. palmatum]) – Japanese Rōmaji   [Acer palmatum subsp. palmatum]
  • iroha-kaede   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • iroha-momiji   (Source: F Japan [as A. palmatum]) – Japanese Rōmaji   [Acer palmatum subsp. palmatum]
  • iroha-momiji   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • takao-momiji   (Source: F Japan [as A. palmatum]) – Japanese Rōmaji   [Acer palmatum subsp. palmatum]
  • takao-momiji   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • yama-momiji   (Source: F Japan [as A. amoenum var. matsumurae]) – Japanese Rōmaji   [Acer palmatum subsp. matsumurae]
  • danpungnamu   (Source: F Korea ) – Transcribed Korean
  • japansk lönn   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku; Korea, South

    China: China
  • also cultivated elsewhere




Check other web resources for Acer palmatum Thunb.:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Acer palmatum cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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