Lignotuber Development in Ginkgo biloba

  • Peter Del Tredici


Ginkgo biloba is famous for its powers of survival. On the evolutionary time scale, the genus can be traced back at least to the middle Jurassic, while species that are similar to G. biloba date back to the Cretaceous. On the human time scale, the longevity of individual trees is equally impressive, particularly in Asia where ancient specimens, often approaching or exceeding a thousand years in age, can be seen growing in the vicinity of Buddhist or Taoist temples. In modern times, the ginkgo tree has been widely planted in many cities, where it flourishes in the midst of extreme air pollution and extensive pavement.


Middle Jurassic Stem Length Cotyledonary Node Ginkgo Biloba Arnold Arboretum 


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  • Peter Del Tredici
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  1. 1.Arnold Arboretum of Harvard UniversityJamaica PlainUSA

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