The Teddington Gardener

At Kew Gardens, Ginkgo biloba – a meeting with these remarkable prehistoric trees

DSCF3471DSCF3474DSCF3477DSCF3482DSCF3470DSCF3488DSCF3490DSCF3487DSCF3497DSCF3504DSCF3499DSCF3492Ginkgo biloba at Kew Gardens today. Gorgeous golden, buttery loveliness…

http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/ginkgo-biloba

This remarkable tree is known as a ‘living fossil’, as it is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees that date back to beyond the time of the dinosaurs. Ginkgo fossils are common in the rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous, but today Ginkgo biloba is the only member of its genus, which is the only genus in its family, which is the only family in its order, which is the only order in its class.

The maidenhair tree remains virtually unchanged today and represents the only living bridge between ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ plants (between ferns and conifers). Maidenhair trees can be extremely long-lived, the oldest recorded individual being 3,500 years old.

http://www.edenproject.com/visit-us/whats-here/plant-a-z/maidenhair-tree

and for a more detailed look at the family…..

http://www.palaeobotany.org/page/living-fossils/gingko-biloba/

 

 

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