Monday, November 15, 2010

Trees at Lalbagh - Gymnosperms

As i wandered through Lalbagh Gardens I found a stretch of trees that did not look like they were from these parts, or from this world at all. Standing amidst them, I felt like i was in hobbit-town.
What are these trees? i asked someone. "Gymnosperms".. "early trees" came the answer.
To those of you in North America, they may be a common enough site; but sitting here in the tropics, these trees seem right out of a magic book.

Here is what wiki has to say about them:

The gymnosperms are a group of seed-bearing plants that includes conifers, cycads, Ginkgo and Gnetales. The term "gymnosperm" comes from the Greek word gymnospermos, meaning "naked seeds", after the unenclosed condition of their seeds (called ovules in their unfertilized state). Their naked condition stands in contrast to the seeds or ovules of flowering plants (angiosperms) which are enclosed during pollination.
The gymnosperms and angiosperms together comprise the spermatophytes or seed plants. By far the largest group of living gymnosperms are the conifers (pines, cypresses, and relatives), followed by cycads, Gnetales (Gnetum, Ephedra and Welwitschia), and Ginkgo (a single living species).

The mystic Cupressus lusitanica/ Cupressus lindleyi klotzsch (mexican cypress/cedar of goa)





And others, equally enchanting...











4 comments:

College Gardener said...

Do you know what species the tree in the first two pictures is? I have never seen one like that!

Arati said...

no, there was a name board but i've now forgotten what it was.. i'll look it up the next time i visit

Arati said...

hey, it is the mexican cypress -- i've updated the post to inlcude the scientific name as well.

Dave said...

Wow, it never occurred to me how exotic conifers might seem to someone from the tropics! The North Woods in winter is indeed a very magical place, and stunningly quiet.