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In many plant genera the same pollination method (or combination of methods) is found in every species. Not so in Acer. The vast majority of Acer species are insect pollinated. The flowers are strongly scented due to the presence of large amounts … Continue reading
While strolling around the campus grounds, have you been wondering what’s happening to our horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L., Sapindaceae) trees? Are those brown leaves really showing signs of an early autumn? These leaves are actually changing colour for a … Continue reading
Around campus there are many native British trees, including members of the Betulaceae or birch family.
When walking around Whiteknights campus you will see numerous Ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior), especially in the woodland of the Wilderness. These members of the Olive family (Oleaceae) are easily recognised by their toothed pinnate leaves and grey fissured bark. Many people … Continue reading