12 responses to “Keteleeria evelyniana”

  1. Pat Collins

    Huh, a cone artist.

  2. Denis

    It definitely has the look of a zombie rose.

  3. Denis

    I have been to the UCB Botanical Garden, by the way. The first time I got to go for about 2 hours and that was woefully inadequate. The second time, I got to go while I was staying the Bay Area near Fremont for a long term job. I hopped the Bart to Berkeley and hiked up past the “Cal” football stadium, on up the hill to the garden and spent a September day there. Not a single moment felt wasted. I especially enjoyed their reproduction of the deciduous woodland habitat that I grew up spending lots of time in Ohio. I’ve also been to the botanical garden at UC-Davis, which was apparently started out as the experimental farm for UC-Berkeley and evolved to take over all of the agricultural programs and then eventually progress into a great university in its own right. It has quite an acacia collection, along with a lot of other plants with low water requirements, though it lacks the established feel of its older sibling.

  4. Janeal Thompson

    Very interesting entry and species. Thank you, Daniel, for sharing the amazing world of plants with us; wonderful photo capture, James Gaither.

  5. Thor Henrich

    Seeing the immature seed cone of this unusual conifer in the pine family with its green petal-like scales immediately brought to mind the vexing unsolved problem first raised by Charles Darwin, namely the origin of the flowering plants. There are many fossil plant candidates dating back to Cretaceous times, but none are yet definitive as ancestral to today’s flowering plants (angiosperms). The magnolia family has a rich fossil record, also stretching back to the era of the dinosaurs. Similar to today’s image of Evelyn’s Keteleeria, magnolia species have many petals surrounding a central core, And the magnolias, like the pines have members which produce either separate or combined male and female reproductive ‘cones’. And pine needles are just skinny leaves. Such similarities are probably due to convergent evolution (adaptations to semi-tropical conditions in SE Asia) rather than close phylogeny. But nevertheless it’s fun to speculate. Great photos. ps. I worked in the UCB Botanical Garden back in the late 1950’s as a “Fair Bear” student gardener (wage of @1.25/hour)!

  6. lynn

    I liked seeing the before and after photos of the cones – and what a lovely habit the tree has.

  7. Carol Ross

    The theft of any tree is so very sad, let alone the loss of such a rare delight. I wish they had caught the perpetrator and made him foot the bill for an expedition to China to try to find another seedling.. One of my neighbors had a beautiful conifer in his yard and several years ago someone took off the top off it to use as a small tree for Christmas.

  8. Owen

    You mentioned that this genus has the ability to coppice- do you know if the sawn down tree at Wash grew back at all?

  9. chris jankot

    so, how far into the temperate zone can it grow?

    1. Dominic Janus

      Most sites claim that it can grow in USDA Zones 7-10, meaning that it can withstand minimum temperatures of -17.7 °C (0 °F) to 1.7 °C (35 °F).

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