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Maroon leaves

December 22, 2010

Both visitors and Tropical Gardening School students have expressed a worry when they see the drooping maroon leaves of Amherstia nobilis (Fabaceae), the Queen of Flowering Trees. This is absolutely normal, and part of her charm. In fact, the young tender leaves are edible, but since the tree seems extinct in the wild (?), such food is worthy of a Roman Emperor. Come and see it at Dokmai Garden, before the leaves turn green!

Eric Danell

Being native to Burma only, extinct in the wild (?) and hard to propagate, this tree may fetch insanely high prices. Some visitors remark this is the rarest tree in our collection. I disagree, because with money you can get it within a week. To me, a rare tree is something you can not buy anywhere. We have many of those!

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  1. Yang permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:16 AM


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