Monday, March 29, 2010

Davidia involucrata - Dove Tree, or Handkerchief Tree

Davidia involucrata: Davidia, named in honor of a French missionary in China, Abbe Armand David, who collected many plants; involucrata for having an involucre, or a ring of bracts surrounding several flowers.

Showy white flowers are actually bracts, or modified leaves.

Cordate (heart-shaped) leaves

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