The blog of a systematic botanist of German origin, now working in Australia. It covers botany, phylogenetics, cladistics, science in general, freethought, and occasionally sillier issues.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Botany picture #103: Castanea sativa
Castanea sativa (Fagaceae), Botanic Garden of Halle, Germany, 2008. The edible chestnut is, of course, well known from its fruit, and perhaps even as a tree, but how many of us give it any attention when it is in flower? As can be seen from its affiliation with the Fagaceae family, the genus Castanea is closely related to oaks and beeches.