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Kydia in blossom

January 6, 2011

This morning I discovered Dokmai Garden’s Kydia calycina (Malvaceae) in blossom for the first time. It is native to Chiang Mai and therefore most hardy, although preferring a slightly higher altitude than Chiang Mai city. It will grow into a small tree but can be kept as a shrub by pruning. Traditionally its bark has been one of the best local sources for rope-making, and the timber is good for construction. The flowers are edible, but perhaps too adorable to remove?

Eric Danell

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