leaf markings, exbucklandia populnea

simple leaf blade, venation is palmate with pink, orange, browns-an Autumn palette

Being a member of the UC Botanical Gardens has it perks–I get to see and learn about the rare and unusual plants from different parts of the world; walk through different sections of the garden’s landscape; take endless pictures and jotting down notes of plant and its origin. Sometimes, if I am lucky the volunteers allow me to pick plants and leaves that they have removed from the garden beds.

An interesting specimen, I’d like to share is the leaf prints made from the leaves of this large and evergreen tree. Exbucklandia populnea, a plant member of the Hamamelidaceae (witch hazel) family, and is native to Bhutan, and Southeastern China, and Laos. The tree is famous for its valuable lumber and its heart-shaped, thick leathery, and glossy foliage. Without further ado, below are results from this wonderful leaf.

leaf the size of my hand

wet leaves on a piece of silk

after steaming for an hour in rain water collected from last year’s rain

it is always a pleasure unwrapping eco bundles!

silk fabric stained in colors of burnt umber to mahogany

the leathery leaf is still good for another experiment

washed and pressed markings are irregular

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6 Responses to leaf markings, exbucklandia populnea

  1. Kristin says:

    Wow! Excellent color.


  2. Marilyn Stephens says:

    Melinda, your posts are always informative and interesting ❤ thanks for sharing xx


  3. Ginny Huber says:

    A really nice experiment and post, Melinda! I visited the UC Botanical Gardens last year when i visited a cousin in Oakland and was so very impressed with the gardens.


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