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Harlequin glorybower fruit. Photo by Robert Mayer
Harlequin Glorybower
August 18, 2016 ARBlog
Yes, that's the name of a plant, and a really cool one at that.

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Lucretius at the Arnold Arboretum
August 20, 2016 Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
Yesterday, standing at the base of a majestic white pine shooting up into the sky, I was reminded of this passage by the Roman philosopher Lucretius. These wonderful lines, about the extraordinary transition from a world of herbaceous plants to a world filled with trees, surely speak to the evolving and ever-changing planet that we have inherited.
Franklinia - first flower
August 6, 2016 Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
The showy (understatement) flowers of Franklinia alatamaha are magnificent, with dozens of bright yellow stamens that bees love to dive into, and subtle white petals with crenulate margins.
John Jack in Cuba, April 1927
The Arnold Arboretum’s Cuban Connection
August 2, 2016 Library Leaves
Harvard University began its involvement with topical botany in Cuba in 1899 in the wake of a meeting between Edwin Atkins (1850–1926), owner of the Soledad Plantation in Cuba and Harvard Professors Oakes Ames and George Goodale, which established The Harvard Botanic Station for Tropical Research and Sugar Cane Investigation.
Seeking fresh faces to join our Volunteer Program
Apply by August 26, 2016 Arnold Arboretum
Help visitors discover the fascinating world of plants and experience a deeper connection with the landscape.