Monday, November 2, 2015

Euroepan oak #1









1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Touché!

English, right. They tend to call everything... english. For example: Ulmus minor. Its natural range is predominantly south European, extending to Asia Minor and Iran. Doesn't bother the English. They call it English elm. Platanus × acerifolia (also called: Platanus x hispanica, because it was first recorded in Spain in the 17th century), which the English call London plane. Quercus robur, native to most of Europe to the Caucasus, and also in Anatolia. But, hey, let's call it English, OK? Taxus baccata, native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia. Bingo! English! Pinus sylvestris: range: almost all of Eurasia. Not English, this one, no. This one they conceded to the Scots. But, as long as it remains British, it's OK. Ulmus glabra, also Scots. Ulmus x hollandica, Huntingdon elm. Hell, let's cut the crap and call every Plantae... english!

And, of course, Walter, you being a gardener and all, who are you to tell us what a tree should look like?

Mark