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Friday, 22 July 2022

Prehistoric plants

You may recall that I enjoy collecting plants that grew at the time of the dinosaurs. Some of these grow outdoors - Gingko, Metasequoia, Magnolia, Wollemi Pine and Tree Fern - but others live on my office window sill. The two below - a Gum Palm (Dioon) and Cardboard Palm (Zamia) were bought around fifteen years ago: apart from producing new 'leaves' occasionally, they have grown very slowly and unspectacularly. Until this Summer! The Zamia has - for the first time - begun to produce a very ancient-looking fruit. This is pretty similar to that of our Magnolia grandiflora, underlining their very ancient lineage. I'll be most interested to see what develops!

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