I've been working on a story about tropical and subtropical conifers, and just to pique your interest, I want to show you a bouquet of different conifer leaves. These samples come from the Montgomery Botanical Center, where botanist Chad Husby is building one of the largest collections of warm-growing conifers in the world.
|Clockwise from top: Calocedrus rupestris; Nageia
wallichiana; Podocarpus elongatus 'Blue Chip';
Araucaria muelleri; Dacrydium nausoriense
and the blue form of Cupressus cashmeriana.
|With pink curlicues and orange stamens, this
Adansonia rubrostipa is a knockout.
An exquisite flower opened on a young baobab that Roger Hammer bought about 15 years ago from Fairchild. Then it was called Adansonia fony.
Over the weekend, Roger sent an email: ''The tree has grown to about 18 feet tall now, and is considered the smallest member of the genus. Yesterday it flowered for the very first time..."
The tree has a new name today -- of course -- and is Adansonia rubrostipa. The flower has died, but Roger's photo shows what a beauty it was.