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Plane (Platanus)

The plane tree genus consists of deciduous trees, such as the American sycamore ( P. occidentalis ), the Oriental plane ( P. orientalis ) and the London plane ( P. acerifolia ), which are native to temperate, northern zones. Plane trees are often used for their wood or as an ornamental tree in cities, especially the London plane which, as the name implies, is common in London. Plane trees produce the characteristic downly tufts seen in many European cities in Spring and early Summer and which spell misery for those allergic to it. [ 1 ]

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[1] The Encyclopaedia Britannica Online : http://www.britannica.com
 

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