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Quercus macdougallii
A rare oak endemic to the Sierra Juárez in Oaxaca

A Tale of Two Islands

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Béatrice Chassé

Published May 2017 in International Oaks No. 28: 105–132


One could easily and convincingly argue that, although Martha’s Vineyard and Taiwan are both islands, they do not have much in common. That being said, my visits, nearly back-to-back, to those two places in the autumn of 2015 have linked them forever in my mind. And in fact there is not only a botanical link (Polly Hill’s search for the Taiwan endemic Rhododendron nakaharae for her arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard) but a human one as well (the obsession I share with her for growing plants raised from wild-collected seed in our respective arboreta).


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