4 responses to “Acer pictum subsp. okamotoanum”

  1. Linda Jennings

    Really, really nice. This totally caught my eye today.

  2. Douglas Justice

    I have to laugh. Daniel is concerned about the wind in what is probably the least windy coastal city in the world. A stunning photo nevertheless. The tree is one of our prizes–about 8m tall by 6m wide, immediately beside the administration building and visible through a window in a stairwell, which allows for daily intimate viewing of its progress throughout the year. What I particularly like about the image is that it seems to capture the energy of the expanding flowers as they burst open the beautiful deerhide-like paired budscales.
    Acer mono subsp. okamotoanum is an endemic from the Korean island of Ullung-do. Along with lovely, fat, overwintering buds and striking yellow flowers, it has extraordinary, broadly lobed leaves with long drip-tips. According to the indispensable maple reference, “Maples of the World” Timber Press, 1994 (page 225), “The tree has not been seen in flower.” Our single tree is from a 1980 batch of seed that apparently also went to Britain. Unfortunately, none of that seed produced a tree. Perhaps there is one in Britain now. For beautiful, rare maples (and mostly calm weather) we are indeed fortunate .

  3. Sheila Phimester

    Is there an archive of photos beyond what you have in the links at the top of the page? I am looking for a photo of a plaid flower (pattern looks like little squares) – purple and pink… I would love to look back a few months … THX for your time!

  4. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Sheila — “looking for a photo of a plaid flower (pattern looks like little squares) – purple and pink” — I suspect you might be looking for a Fritillaria. Not all Fritillaria are plaid, but some of them are, and I’m partial to the plaid Fritillaria myself.
    Have a look here http://botanyphoto.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/2008/09/fritillaria-meleagris/ (Sept 17, 2008)
    and here http://botanyphoto.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/2008/05/fritillaria-affinis/ (May 1, 2008)

    If you have an idea of what you might be looking for, when you get to the main page you can also search by name — at the top of the page there’s a magnifying glass leading to a search box.
    I found these by entering “fritillaria” into the search box, and then scanning through the results for entries starting wtih “Botany photo of the day: Fritillaria…”

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