Taxon: Aesculus hippocastanum L.

Genus: Aesculus
    Section: Aesculus
Family: Sapindaceae
  Subfamily: Hippocastanoideae
      Tribe: Hippocastaneae
Nomen number: 1628
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:344. 1753
Name Verified on: 17-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-Nov-2010
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: boundary/barrier/support (fide Dict Gard)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)
  • Materials: wood (source of timber fide F Eur)
  • Medicines: source of aescin (fide Import Medicinal Pl; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Kingsbury; Cooper & Johnson ed2; Lampe & McCann; Pammel; Der Marderosian)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Rep NCEPPC)

Distributional Range:


  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Greece

  • Cultivated:

  • Europe

    • : Europe; North America
  • Northern America

    • : Europe; North America


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