Part of mallow  family Malvaceae.

Native to midwestern and eastern North America.   ▭ 🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48), ▭ 🌎︎ map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Said to make great honey, and make great lashing ties from inner bark.  Its wood can be turned into salt-to-fresh water membranes. [1]

Tilia hosts caterpillars of 150 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

Said to sprout freely.   Bloom dates (NE Illinois).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file  (🔒︎ Wild Ones members only)

References

[1]  "A super-thin slice of wood can be used to turn saltwater drinkable."  New Scientist.  .   Accessed .

Learn more about American basswood or American linden Tilia americana

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