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"...the sycamore’s ideal owner is curious, vital and adventurous..."
-- Mr. Ollivander (Pm)

A wand wood (Pm).

  • Sycamore wood likes to go on an adventurous quest, and if this wand becomes "bored" with the life of the owner, it may suddenly burst into flames (Pm)



from Latin sycomorus, from Greek sykomoros "African fig-tree" (although most sycamores have no figs)


There are many trees called "sycamore" that are not in the same genus and species. The ancient Greek word "sykomoros"  originally referred a large spreading fig tree, Ficus sycomorus,  in the Middle East. The British sycamore is actually the sycamore maple -- Acer pseudoplatanus -- which some call the "Celtic Maple." Then there are the planetrees. genus Plantanus, which have similar leaves and bark to the others. This includes the beautiful American sycamore, Platanus occidentalis, with curling white bark, and the Chinese planetree, Platanus orientalis, found across Asia. Hippocrates writes of someone holding a banquet inside an enormous hollow plane tree and of Roman Emperor Caligula housing his servants inside another, while in North America, George Washington recorded a giant 44-foot-wide American sycamore in Point Pleasant, West Virginia (yes, the same place where Mothman appeared in the 1960s).Platanus orientalis / Platanus occidentalis / Acer pseudoplatanus/Ficus sycomorus ~ Wikipedia

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