One of the most reliable ways of separating the two is by the twig. The first pic is that of a young Kingnut whose bud is still green. With age the outer scales will darken, and the inner scales will stay white, just like the second picture. The Kingnut has a twig that is tan, beige, or flesh-tone, sometimes with a speckling of orange. The Shagbark twig is dark brown and Clint Eastwood, or "dirty hairy".
Flora and fauna of the Athens County area, and occasionally habitats outside Ohio. Subject matter will consist of both interpretive material and taxonomic issues in plant and animal identification.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Found in moist woodlands, it does best where the sun penetrates the canopy. It is quite acid tolerant.