Platanus L. is a genus with ca. 10 species that are dispersed throughout Central and North America, SW Asia, SE Europe and also counts one species in SE Asia (Laos and N Vietnam). A few species and a hybrid are more or less widely cultivated as ornamental trees. Two of these have been recorded as escapes from cultivation in Belgium.

1 Fruiting branchlets with 3–6 infructescences. Leaves deeply (3-)5- or 7-lobed with central leaf lobe longer than wide === Platanus orientalis
Fruiting branchlets with 1 or 2 infructescences. Leaves (3-)5(-7)-lobed with central leaf lobe not longer than wide (except in some cultivars) === P. hispanica


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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith