Plants of the world (EN)

North America

North America

The arborvitae is an ancient symbol, which become its name in France 'l'arbre de vie' by the following history. The French explorer Jacques Cartier was returned in 1536 with young plants of this conifer after a harsh winter in Canada on Lawrence River. The French king had ordered him to investigate the western side of the river. With his companions, he had ascended the river and not ret...

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South America

South America

 … or Monkey Puzzle tree as it’s called in England. The plant collector Menzies, who was on board of the Discovery, is said to have been given a few nuts of the Araucaria in 1795 in Chile. He planted them in the ground, and when small trees had grown from the nuts thirty years later, an onlooker is said to have shouted: ‘Climbing this tree would puzzle a monkey!&...

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Europe

Europe

With its stately upright form this native plant adorns many nature in the United Kingdom. Originally called common juniper this faithful watchman keeps an eye on the heathlands while the test of time is shown in weathered trunks and decaying branches.The juniper name is a corruption of the Latin Juniperus composed of 'junior' = 'younger' and 'Parere' = 'appear'. This refers to the young...

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Africa

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Asia

Asia

The Ginkgo has moved many people. The extraordinary leaves, its origins, its medicinal effect and other aspects make this tree something special. This is why it has been promoted to 'Plant of the World'. OriginsThe Ginkgo has its origins in China. In the 9th century the tree was imported to Japan, where it was planted at many temples. It is therefore known in Japan as the Temple Tree. ...

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Australia

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