What is a buttonwood?

What is a buttonwood? Here are some definitions.

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  1. The common name given to at least three species of shrub or tree.
    1. The mangrove tree (Conocarpus erectus, family Combretaceae) a tropical and subtropical species.
    2. The American sycamore or American plane tree (Platanus occidentalis, family Platanaceae).
    3. California sycamore or western sycamore (Platanus racemosa).
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Maple or beech is a very good material, but the best are made from the buttonwood or American sycamore.
Old stumps and downed branches of buttonwood trees may lie along coastal beaches for decades before they decay.
Unlike many larger parrots, fig parrots feed very quietly on the kernels of many tiny seeds, including those of figs, buttonwood and ironwood.
Finally, as we walk past the White Mangrove stands we reach the Buttonwood.
The buttonwood leaf in a general way resembles a maple's, being as broad as long, with three main lobes at the top.
Buyers and sellers would meet, first under a buttonwood tree in 1792, and then on the floors, to trade stocks.

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