WINGED ELM; WAHOO (Mata data, Michx.). 25 to 50 feet. Pretty, round-headed or oblong-headed tree, of slender, as cending branches, and twigs wearing 2 wide, thin, corky ridges, often i inch wide. Bark light reddish brown, checked into flat plates by irregular fissures; plates scaly. Cotton bales tied with fibrous inner bark. Wood like that of other elms, but not important in the lumber trade. Leaves ovate oblong, often sickle-shaped, doubly serrate, firm, leathery, nark green, pale, soft-pubescent below, I to 2 inches long, on short, stout, fuzzy petioles. Flowers in drooping pedicel, clustered.
before leaves in early spring. Fruit wind-scattered at the time the leaves open; oblong, I inch long, flat, winged, hairy, with 2 incurved books at tip. Dist.: Virginia to Florida; west to Illinois and Texas. Gravelly upland soil near streams or lakes.