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November 30, 2006

Ginkgo direct ancestor angiosperms?

I believe the Ginkgo is the direct ancestor of the angiosperms. When you observe the sprouting of the ginkgo seed and the seed of an apricot you find they are the same. The ginkgo seed has dicotyledons but they usually remain in the seed case.
Notice how the root first comes out of the seed then the sprout develops shooting up between the two short stems to the cotyledons. This is exactly like the apricot cherry and plum. I have not observed other angiosperms but I assume many if not all are the same. Having cotyledons and the way they sprout like angiosperms leads me to believe ginkgo is the ancestor.

Topic by Tom P.

November 28, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New topic: Ginkgo leaves fall in one day.

November 27, 2006

Ginkgo leaves fall in one day

On some videos at YouTube you can see how the leaves of a Ginkgo tree fall in one day. One of the makers writes: "Our Ginkgo tree has decided it is done holding its leaves. So for the last 24 hours leaves have been raining down."
Go to the videos here, and another here,enjoy!
You can read a wonderful poem by Howard Nemerov about the falling of the leaves on my homepage.

November 22, 2006

Making tea from Ginkgo leaves

Your web page is great; I hope a have a suggestion for those lucky people like me that own a Ginkgo tree in the backyard. The leaves can be harvested by autumn months and easily dried in a common food dehydrator. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes at low temperature to dry them to the point that the stems crack easily on slight pressure. Once dried they can be easily converted into a yellow–greenish powder using a coffee grinder; I use a Krups brand. The powder can be stored in dark brown bottles until next season. As recommended by the Botanical Council an infusion of 2 g of this powder and 150ml of hot spring water make a great tea that can be sweetened with pure bee honey.
Topic by Fernando G. Ponce.

November 21, 2006

Autumn in Soho


The corner of Thompson and Spring Streets every autumn radiates while it appears to snow golden leaves from its four Ginkgo biloba trees. Read more.

November 20, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added photo on my Fossils-page of Upper Triassic, East Greenland.
* Added photos on my Art-page of Ginkgo on woodblock print by Toyokuni, bowl Kangxi period China, Art nouveau vase by M. Hansen, Art nouveau platter by Berghof/Geyer, several designs by G.W. Dijsselhof, Jugendstil mokkacup, Jugendstil house, fashion by Diane von Furstenberg.

November 16, 2006

Find Ginkgo trees in Beijing

"One of the most beautiful trees in autumn in Beijing is the Ginkgo. There are several places to go to view the golden leaves of the tree, but the most beautiful Ginkgo woods, and photographers' favourite destination, is next to the east and north gates of Diaoyutai State Guesthouse at 2 Fucheng Lu, Haidian District."
More here.

November 13, 2006

Gathering Ginkgo seeds/nuts in New York City



Washington Square Park, New York City: Two women gathering Ginkgo seeds/nuts to use as food in dishes or as a medicine.
Photo by Hubert Steed.

November 09, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added picture of Ginkgo apodes with Sinornis santensis on Fossils-page.
* New photo photospecial page: X-rayography image of Ginkgo leaves by Albert C. Koetsier.

November 07, 2006

Germinating Ginkgo seeds in winter

I was wondering if I could germinate some Ginkgo seeds over the winter indoors with a grow light. I would like to get them started now and then take the seedlings outdoors after the winter is over? Any help would be appreciated....
Question by Lee from Michigan.

November 04, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added X-rayography images by Albert C. Koetsier on my Art-page (gallery).