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Quercus humboldtii in Bogotá

Quercus humboldtii in Bogotá

I spent a weekend in Bogotá in October 2017 and made it my mission to find Quercus humboldtii. I had had the species in my sights for a long time: it is the only oak native to South America, and so the closest non-cultivated oak to my residence in Montevideo, Uruguay (a mere 4,700 km as the crow flies—though it might take a relay of crows to make the trip!).

Garry Oak in a Common Garden

In August 2017, during a visit to Vancouver, British Columbia, I was able to visit an experimental plantation of Garry oak (Quercus garryana) at the University of British Columbia. 

Quercus in Quijote

On the advice of a novelist friend of mine, I have been reading Cervantes' Don Quijote. It was recommended for its literary merit ("Flaubert knew the novel by heart before he learnt to read," my friend told me), but in Chapter XI I came across a passage that appealed more to the quercophile than to the bibliophile. 

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