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  1. water hickory, bitter pecan, water bitternut, Carya aquatica(noun)

    hickory of southern United States having many narrow leaflets and rather bitter nuts

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  1. Carya aquatica

    Carya aquatica is a large tree, that can grow over 30 metres tall of the Juglandaceae or walnut family. In the American South it is a dominant plant species found on clay flats and backwater areas near streams and rivers. The species reproduces aggressively both by seed and sprouts from roots and from stumps of cut trees. Water hickory is a major component of wetland forests now in the south eastern US, because of the selective cutting of more desirable tree species for the lumber industry. It is considered important in cleansing drainage waters since the plants slow water flow during flooding, allowing segments to fall out of the water column. This tree species is tolerant of wet soils but grows best on well draining soils near rivers and other water ways.

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