Scientific Name – Ginkgo biloba L.
The first description of the genus and species of Ginkgo biloba L. was given by Linnaeus (1771).
Synonyms – Salisburia adiantifolia Smith, Pterophyllus salisburiensia Nelson.
Common name(s) – arboreal pagoda, maidenhair tree, ya-chiao, maiden hair, ginkgo, arbre aux quarante ecus, entenfussbaum, ginkgobaum, Goethe-baum.nogueira do Japao, arbol de los 40 escudos.
Distribution and Habitat – is native to China.
Description – deciduous tree, 40 m; bark grey, deeply furrowed on old trunks. Buds brown, globose, scales imbricate. Leaves green. Fruit globular, orange-yellow drupe. Seeds obovoid to ellipsoid, yellow to orange, 2.3 – 2.7 x 1.9 -2.3 cm, rugose. 2n = 24
Trees flower after 20-35 years.
Growth rate – slow.
Tolerances – tolerant of air pollution.
Requirements – prefers deep, well-drained but not dry acid or alkaline soil.
Management – pruning is best done in spring.
Propagation – by seeds.
Ginkgo seeds are dormant when they fall from the tree because the embryo is not fully developed. If seeds are collected after dispersal, cleaned, and placed in a warm greenhouse, the embryo will grow to its full size and germinate within 8 to 10 weeks.
Pest and Diseases – Etiella zinckenella infest gingko fruits.The Fussarium sp., Macrophomina phaseoli, Agrotis ipsilon and Gulcula panterinaria are the main cause of mortality in young seedlings.
Pseudomonas syringae cause of leaf spot and stem cankers.
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Cultivars – ‘Albovariegata’ tree with a broad silhouette, slow growth.
‘Fairmont’ erected and narrowed silhouette, fast growth.
‘Horizontalis’ – very broad silhouette and big leaves, principal branches are in a horizontal position.
‘Tremonia’ – slender form, branches are in a horizontal position and are short.
Properties and Uses – Ginkgo is cultivated throughout the temperate zones of the world for ornamental purpose.
G. biloba roots are colonized by the fungus Glomus epigaeum, forming mycorrhiza.
In Traditional Chinese medicine the seeds are used as an astringent, to stop asthma and regulate urinary frequency.
The leaves of Ginkgo, are first mentioned in Pharmaceutical Natural History of Southern Yunnan, published in 1436 during the Ming dynasty, are used externally to treat skin and head sores.
Curiosity – until 350 years ago interest was restricted to China, its natural habitat, Japan and Korea. There female trees were cultivated on a large scale furnish the nuts which remain a popular delicacy in Eastern Asia until today. Most of the 100 species over 1000 years old that still exist in China are found near Buddhist or Daoist temples.
The Ginkgo was first imported to the United States in 1784 as an attractive ornamental plant.
The Ginkgoales appeared in the Permian era and were at maximum range in the Jurassic.
Frederic RosengartenJr – Book of edible Nuts – Dover Publications Inc, 204
Hyla Cass – User’s Guide to Ginkgo Biloba – Basic Health Publication, 2002
Phyllis Balch – Prescription for Herbal Healing – Avery Health Guides, 2003
Teris A van Beek - Ginkgo Biloba – CRC Press, 2000
Trees and shrubs
Indigofera jucunda - shrub or small tree, evergreen, native to the forests of Africa, Kwazulu-Natal, near rocks and rivers.
Deciduu shrub, 2-5 m high. Bark gray young branches are yellow-green. Leaves alternate; paripenat-compound, 4-6 pairs of folio oval-elliptic, 10-35 mm long, dark green in summer and autumn yellow, 5-10 cm long; spinescente Stipe. Flowers solitary, Corola yellow, 20-25 mm long, increase the armpit leaves, blooming from May to June.
Evergreen tree, 15-20 m high. Leaves simple, alternate, coriacee, limb oval edge gear, 2.5-5 cm long, short stalks. Flowers arranged in dense corymb, hermaphrodite, pentamere, white, 1.5 cm in diameter, calyx of 5 SEPA. Fruit capsule, containing 10-20 seeds.
Areca catechu L.
Popular names - English: Areca, Areca-nut, betel nut palm, French: cachou falling within subheading, Arequier, German: Betelnusspalme, Guam: pugua, India: Pan, Spanish: catechou hand, Yap: bu.
Areca catechu - originating in eastern Africa, southern Asia and the Pacific Islands. Grows in tropical climates at altitudes from 0 to 900 m.