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September 21, 2013

A Ginkgo biloba twig from 1799

A Ginkgo biloba twig from 1799.

From the website of Plymouth City Museum:
"The twig inside this herbarium sheet is more than 210 years old. A herbarium is a collection of preserved plants which are usually pressed, dried and mounted on paper or card. We believe that a gentleman called Sir John St. Aubyn, 5th Baronet, collected this branch. The tree species would have been relatively new to St. Aubyn, as the tree had only been introduced to England from China a few decades before this specimen was collected. Maybe that is why he hasn’t made any notes on the left side, and left all of his subtitles blank."

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