Tilia cordata   Small-leaved Lime C DD N

Tilia cordata

The small leaved Lime can be be a very large tree and the one we were shown on this WFS trip to the Monmouth area was huge with a very large girth. My estimate is that it was at least 200 years old if not more. The small leaves flutter easily so forgive the hand holding them still for the photo. T. cordata is distributed widely in England and Wales but there is little in Ireland and Scotland.

The underside of the leaf is shown so that the (diagnostic) patches of rusty hairs on the prominent veins of the left can be seen. Tilia x europaea (Lime) has white patches of hairs in similar places.

St Peters Church, Near Monmouth, 6th September 2005

Added on December 8th 2005, updated 15th February 2012

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