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.
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