Dove tree takes wing

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 22, 2017

Dove tree takes wing

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“To my mind Davidia involucrata [the dove tree] is at once the most interesting and beautiful of all trees of the north-temperate flora.” Coming from Ernest Henry Wilson, the intrepid early twentieth century plant explorer for the Arnold Arboretum (and Veitch Nurseries before that), that is some mighty high praise! Right now, our magnificent 1904 (5159*A) […]

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Bract Facts

by Nancy Rose
June 17, 2016

Bract Facts

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Bracts are specialized plant structures that serve varied functions such as attracting pollinators and protecting inflorescences (flower structures). Often leaflike, bracts range from the inconspicuous to the wildly showy. Perhaps the best example of the latter is poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), whose bright red bracts surround the inconspicuous yellow-green flowers and are often mistaken for petals. […]

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