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I read recently, in some book or other, about a tree called the Encina, growing in California. I gather this is what they call the Coast ..read more
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Segovia has some beautiful stone walls, most obviously the massive Roman aqueduct towering over the city centre. On that, and other ..read more
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Should it be botanic or botanical? I'm pretty sure this ranks as the most common question I get at the end of a talk on anything to do ..read more
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So there I was, fresh from an off-the-cuff spiel to my Australians Studying Abroad (ASA) Cultural Tours group about the whys and ..read more
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There is this thing called marcescence, where leaves brown off in autumn but remain on the tree. A good example is the juvenile beech ( ..read more
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The bark of this fig is a source of fibre for paper, and the fruits are eaten where it grows naturally, beside streams in the low ..read more
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Last week the great gingko, today one hundred and eighty Dawn Redwoods, at dawn, in Beijing Botanical Garden (North). They were a little ..read more
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The last time I posted here about ginkgo it was after an unfulfilled quest to find one of its remaining natural homes in China, on Jinfo ..read more
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Well, yes it is, another book on orchids. Another book on Victorian orchids at that. Author Gary Backhouse confesses as much in the ..read more
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When I was in China earlier this year, a guest of Chenshan Botanical Garden in Shanghai (before travelling to Beijing Botanical Garden), I ..read more

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