A Rose By Any Name

Plant names are interesting and often insightful. Thunbergia alata, for instance, has a winged petiole. Acer macrophylla has large leaves. Ginkgo biloba has leaves with two lobes. I think you get the point.

Here are silhouettes I sketched of the two species of Washingtonia that exist. One is Washingtonia filifera, the other Washingtonia robusta. Guess the identites.

Well, here are the answers.

Proof that tall and skinny can be robust.


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