Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The World's Seven Amazing Trees

Some tree species are simply amazing. Here are some of the most unusual trees from around the world.

1.) A Tree on the Wall: Spider Man Tree

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So you thought only Spider Man can cling to the wall? This is simply fantastic! A tree on the wall! This absolutely amazing tree is scientifically named Ficus mollis. This variety of fig tree on the wall grew directly on the wall of Bhongir Fort in Andhra Pradesh, India.

2.) The Mystical Rainbow Eucalyptus

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One of the most amazingly colorful species of tree is the Rainbow Eucalyptus or Eucalyptus deglupta. This tree with bright and uniquely colored trunk and branches can be found in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It can be found also in New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram and Sulawesi. The tree is now cultivated worldwide for paper making.

It has become a popular ornamental plant as well because of its showy multi-colored streaks that covers the trunks. The outer bark patches shed every year revealing the inner bark which is bright-green in color. The color will become darker and matures giving blue, orange and purple and then maroon tones. This tall and beautiful tree is also commonly known as the Mindanao Gum or the Rainbow Gum.

3.) The Gigantic Kapok Tree

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The very large Cotton-Silk Kapok on the above photo is located in Lal Bagh Gardens in Bangalore, India. This tropical tree, which is formally known as Ceiba pentandra, is arguably the largest specimen of a Kapok tree in the world.

The tree is native to Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America tropical and had been introduced in other tropical countries of the world. Other common names of this species include Silk Cotton, Ceiba, Java Kapok, Java Cotton and Kapasanglay among the Ilocanos of the Philippines. To the Mayan people, the tree is a sacred symbol.

4.) The Fantastic Plane Tree

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The oldest and most beautiful Platanus in Europe is located at the Konak of Prince MiloŇ°, a royal residence in Belgrade, Serbia. This tree, a protected natural rarity, is more than 160 years of age. Platanus are large trees endemic to the Northern Hemisphere growing to 50 meters in height. This unique and drought tolerant tree is commonly known in English as Plane or Plane Tree. Most of its branches spread horizontally making the tree a popular attraction.

5.) The Grandiose Grandidier’s Baobab

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The grandiose Grandidier’s Baobab, a branchless tree on the trunk, is located in Madagascar. Scientifically known as Adansonia grandidieri, the Baobab specimen on the above photo is the grandest and most famous of the 6 baobabs in the country. This handsome-looking tree that branches only on the top is native to Madagascar and was featured on the film “Madagascar”.

6.) The Awesome Curtain Fig Tree

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Curtains are not just for walls and windows. Some species of trees grow their own curtain too and one of which is the “Curtain Fig Tree”. This particular specimen is one of the largest trees in Queensland, Australia and one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Atherton Tableland. This parasitic organism is from strangler fig species Ficus virens.

7.) The Strangling Tetrameles nudiflora

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One of the most recognizable pictures of unusual trees is the one located in the ruins of Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia. This particular specimen of a strangler fig is trying to engulf the entire building. The famous tree is scientifically known as Tetrameles nudiflora, a tree species that can be found also in Australia, Bhutan, China and other Southeast Asian countries where they have grown so huge and tall.

1 comment:

  1. The Mystical Rainbow Eucalyptus looks so magical. I imagined that a fairy will come out.