Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Cercis siliquastrum

Cercis siliquastrum L.

Species Plantarum 1: 374. 1753.

Photo snatched from taxi window. The Olaia is one of Lisbon's most distinctive trees, conveying a wonderfully human scale amidst grand baroque buildings. There are still one or two trees at Monserrate, very ancient and suffering from too much shade in the past, they have been given a new lease of life through clearing of acacias from north lawn beneath the palacio. Not flowering yet in Sintra.
1923: On the steep slope up to the right are :Judas trees (Cercis siliquastrum), Nolina longifolia,Phoenix dactylifera, Acacia Farnesiana, and,near the path, a fine specimen of Dion edule. [Near Arethusa's tank, Mexico]
1923: A huge Eucalyptus viminalis:stands half way up the slope ; with an equally large E. globulus close to it. A wych elm spreads its umbrella shape near a tall Acacia dealbata and a rose covered archway. Close to this is a Judas tree ; a Camphor tree ; Dacridium; and a group of Berberis stenophylla. On the left the dark brown stems of a Banksia rose trail up into a Myrica quericifolia. From this point is obtained a fine view of the old Quinta de Piedade, on the crest of a lowhill opposite. [between North Lawn and Rose Garden, tree next to Camphor still exists]

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