Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vibutnum sympodiale: I've always been fond of this plant with it's large flowers so early in the year

But you know what? Those leaves just unfurling are pretty nice too. I've been reading about Magnolia classification and it turns out that one of the characters of some use is "vernation" which is not a misspelling of veination, but a technical term referring to the way leaves are arranged in a bud, and by implication, the way that they unfurl. Anyway, it will take a bit of dissection on my part to determine the type of vernation here, but whatever it is, it's damned attractive. (maybe involute?)

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