Dragon’s Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain, or blood of the two brothers, on Socotra island. Prized for its red medicinal sap, the Dragon’s Blood is the most striking of 900 plant species on the Socotra islands in the Arabian Sea, 380 km (238 miles) south of mainland Yemen. Image Credit: Photograph by Khaled […]

via The Dragon’s Blood Trees of Socotra Island. — THE OLD GUV LEGENDS

NPR reports It was a lifesaving mission as dramatic as any in the months-long battle against the wildfires that have torn through the Australian bush. But instead of a race to save humans or animals, a specialized team of Australian firefighters was bent on saving invaluable plant life: hidden groves of the Wollemi pine, a […]

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Eucalyptus species in South Africa are responsible for the loss of 16% of the 1,444 million cubic metres of water resources lost to invasive plants every year. Eucalyptus species are widely grown and utilized throughout much of the world, Dr Arne Witt reports. They are a valuable source of timber, fuelwood, paper, nectar, etc. and…

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Sequoia sempervirens the world’s tallest, living trees. There’s not much one can say about these incredibly beautiful, long-lived, resilient, fire-resistant and evergreen sky scraping giants! Even on a warm day the air within the forest stays reasonably cool. There’s really nothing else quite like it! The oldest tree at Armstrong Woods is believed to be […]

via Zunday Zen … The Magical Redwood Forest — in cahoots with muddy boots

Smithsonian reports To explain the exceedingly long life of the planet, the Smithsonian’s new fossil hall designers began with this arboreal wonder. Each yearly delineation on the sequoia’s surface is a small part of a far grander story that ties together all of life on Earth. Scientists know this as Deep Time. It’s not just on […]

via A 16-Million-Year-Old Tree Tells a Deep Story of the Passage of Time  — Natural History Wanderings

Xanthe Lewis-Hall, two years old, and her mother walk through a tunnel of trees down an old Roman Road on October 16, 2017, in Halnaker, England. Image Credit: Photograph by Dan Kitwood / Getty. Source: Images of the Season: Fall Is in the Air, Part II – The Atlantic

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