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Michael Eason hiking in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to observe Washingtonia filifera in situ
Currently at San Antonio Botanic Garden, Michael's work has...
Amy Byrne | Feb 15, 2023
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An exhibition that beautifully depicts and locates oaks
Roderick Cameron | Feb 09, 2023
Burke Oak Collection at New York Botanical Garden
The Coleman and Susan Burke Oak Collection at The New York...
Todd Forrest | Feb 08, 2023

Plant Focus

Quercus rugosa

Is Quercus rugosa Showing Its Roots?

Lobed leaf on Quercus rugosa

We know that some oaks, particularly Quercus robur, can produce forms with unusually cut leaves. Many of these have been documented in International Oaks and are listed at oaknames.org. We were very surprised, however, to find a very unusual shoot on a tree of Q. rugosa at the Puebla University Botanic Garden in Mexico.

A Spontaneous Quercus rugosa in Pretoria?

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Being a lover of nature and photography, I often saunter around in a narrow mountain ridge in Pretoria, South Africa, with the purpose of getting some exercise, enjoying nature and photography, and documenting biodiversity. The ridge is part of the Magaliesberg mountain range and makes up the easternmost 10-km strip of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO protected area stretching over 120 km to the west.