21 responses to “Bretschneidera sinensis”

  1. Anna

    Amazing tree and fascinating article. It never occurred to me that drones could be utilized for botanical exploration, but now I can think of no better purpose for their existence. I hope to see some photos from the current expedition!

  2. Wendy L Cutler

    Is there a blog for this year? Could we get a link?
    I enjoyed rereading last year’s. Thanks for including that.

    1. Wendy L Cutler

      I found the writeup: https://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/trekking-in-the-mountains-of-northern-vietnam/. I don’t see anything in the write-up, which is, btw, a wonderful read, that gives the date, but it’s given in the references to the article on The DeLeaves: a UAV device for efficient tree canopy sampling at https://www.nrcresearchpress.com/journal/doi/10.1139/juvs-2020-0005#.X3ApDBSSmUk.


    Not only is the inflorescence exceptional but it is wonderful to see Emile Bretschneider, 1833 to 1901, commemorated in this way. He was an outstanding Russian physician, sinologist and botanist whose monograph on the European discovery of the flora of China is still unsurpassed in many ways. He was the physician to the Russian delegation to China and worked from the remoteness of Peking (Beijing) and yet was completely up to date with the science of his day. Even more amazing is he wrote this book in English. There is no acknowledgment of a translator.
    Judith Taylor

  4. Nadia

    Just beautiful flowers and post!

  5. Nadia

    I have pictures of this tree at UBC garden, no flowers:(
    Is there any chances this tree would bloom one day in our climate?

    1. Anne Kivari

      Daniel is this the same tree that one sees alongside the Green Heart Canopy at UBC Botanical Gardens? Douglas has pointed it out on numerous occasions to our horticulture students.

      Beautiful in bloom for certain!

  6. Zoogardener

    The inflorescence is amazing!! I agree that I have never considered the use of a drone for plant material collection, but what a GREAT idea!!

  7. Ginny

    Fascinating! About both the plant and the use of the drone. Until now I was mostly anti-drone, but this seems to be one of the few great uses for them. Many thanks.

  8. Meyer Mary

    Great article and spectacular plant. I hope it can be saved.

  9. lynn

    Very exciting! We have the beauty of a truly handsome plant, the thrill of botanical exploration, and the satisfaction of seeing drones put to a better use than what we typically see. Thank you for posting this, and I hope there will be an update from this year’s Vietnam expedition.

  10. Bonnie

    This was really fascinating to me, wish you well with drones too. Can’t find the share to fb button for this particular entry. It’s been a long day for me.

  11. Mary Beth Borchardt

    Exquisitely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Sukumar Roy

    In March 2019 I was at Doi Phuka National Park in the Nan province in Thailand.

    Bretschneidera sinensis in Thai is called Chompoo Phuka.

    A photograph of the flowers on its tree is attached here.

  13. Sukumar Roy

    A billboard explaining Chompoo Phuka at Doi Phuka National Park.

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