Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Street Tree Makes the News

A street tree in Panama City has bloomed out of season – and it made news! In my experience, a botanical event, unless it’s a crop failure, rarely makes news. But there it was, an article in the online version … Continue reading

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About that rain

Yesterday it rained more than 4 inches between 4 and 6PM. Here in Panama we call such rains aguaceros. The dictionary definition of aguacero is “a sudden, abundant, impetuous rain of short duration.” That sounds about right when you’re in … Continue reading

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Honey Locust and Macano: Legumes, not Varieties

The honey locust of North America (Gleditsia triacanthos) and the macano of Panama (Diphysa americana) are in the same family, that of the legumes. They are also in the same subfamily, that of the peas. But they are no more closely related than that. They are not in the same species or even in the same genus. Because plants that are varieties of each other must be in the same species, neither of these plants is a variety of the other.

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Laurent Penet and the Berry Go Round Carnival

In January 2008, Laurent Penet launched the blogosphere’s first carnival devoted to plants. He called it Berry Go Round and pointed to 26 posts about some aspect of botany. The carnival has appeared nearly every month since then and I’ve … Continue reading

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