botanic notables

botanic notables

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A legendary white oak in Athens, Georgia, known as "The Tree that Owns Itself," is the only tree in the world to have been granted legal ownership to itself and its surrounding land.  
The famous Tree House at Pitchford is said to be the oldest one in the world. 
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Monterey's famous Lone Cypress is one of the most photographed trees in the United States, and has become emblematic of the California Coast. Its image is also copyrighted, which brings up interesting questions about the legal images of nature.
An 800-year old cypress tree grows in the cloister of a hilltop Franciscan convent in Italy; legend says that Saint Francis planted the tree from his own walking staff. 
It is believed that Hippocrates taught under the canopy of a plane tree on a Greek island. Today, a descendent of that tree is hollowed and hallowed and its cuttings and seeds have been grown throughout the world.

 

Ornamental kales and cabbages are ubiquitous winter foliage plants, with leaves that turn colors after a couple of frosts. 
An expensive spice with a long history of famous anointments and international trade, saffron is actually nothing more than the dried stigmas of a crocus flower. 
Bulbophyllum nocturnum, the only known species of orchid to bloom at night, was recently discovered.

 

With its red and white blossoms, the York and Lancaster rose (Rosa damascena versicolor) marked the end of the War of the Roses, and symbolized the union of feuding families, each with their own rose: the House of York, with its white rose, and the House of Lancaster, with its red rose. 
A dramatic accent to modern-day gardens, Acanthus plants were also the inspiration for Corinthian columns, the art of William Morris, and mid-century motifs. 
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