A continuation of the article “Cure yourself of tree blindness”
The main point that is made in the article “cure yourself of tree blindness” is that we as a society today know very little to nothing about the trees that surround us. The main way to combat this is, in my mind, to drive home the utter importance that trees have on our species. Without trees we would not have oxygen, structures constructed out of wood, the fruit that the trees provide us. Also for the amount of food that we eat from the trees, there is far more untapped energy ready for human consumption with the right kind of manipulation, similar to how Gabriel Popkin, who wrote the piece, mentioned removing the bitter tasting tannins out of acorns.
Spread what yall know about plants and trees to make tomorrow a better day, enjoy these 8ish tree’s that I went out and took pictures of!
The picture on the right is a close up of a Prairie Crabapple, Malus ioensis in scientific terms. I found this tree in New Albany, a little wooded area called Oak Grove. It is more wetlands than not and the area can get quite boggy surprisingly when venturing into the thick of the woods. PRAIRIE CRABAPPLE FACT: They’re edible, I had no idea! I was always told not to eat them by my parents, I believe I have one in my backyard as a kid.https://luv2garden.com/crabapple_edible.html
This tree appears to be Dogwood, or Cornus scientifically speaking. The leaves of this tree are simple and the margins are smooth. The veins of the leaf are parallel margin. This was found in the Oak Grove of New Albany. DOGWOOD FACT: Dogwood was ideal for golf clubs before carbon fiberglass became the new thing. https://facts.net/nature/plants/dogwood-tree-facts
Black Walnut or in scientific words Juglans nigra, opposite leaf arrangement and simple leaves themselves drew me to this conclusion! Notice I grace your eyes with my presence to show that the tree the picture is of is bent at the same angle as me… why? I have no idea but I did it! I think that the tree was bent that drastically because its canopy is in an opening that allows light to touch the leaves, a perfect example of the effects that phototropism has on plants and trees. This was also found within Oak Grove in, you guessed it, New Albany! BLACK WALNUT FACT: This wood is heavily desired for crafting furniture. http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/forest/htmls/trees/J-nigra.html
HoneySuckle or Lonicera… The smell alone and I knew what this was, lower on this page I have pictures of ones with their flowers pre-bloom! Found within the Oak Grove of New Albany, this opposite pinnately simply leafed plant was quite easy to find when looking it up on the interweb. HONEYSUCKLE FACT: In the Victorian era people would plant them outside of their doors to ward off witches. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/honeysuckle-55105.html
This tree is Wych elm or Ulmus glabra, I found this one very interesting given the more extreme serrated edge that the leaf has. Found deeper within Oak Grove of New Albany. This tree was growing almost perpendicular with the earth so I needed to take a picture of it. WYCH ELM FACT: Some cultures believed the Wych elm had the powers to aid one in… the ritual of conception. https://garden.lovetoknow.com/trees/wych-elm-tree
This is HoneySuckle again but it was further along than the previous pictured one, so here it is again!
Thicket Creeper or Parthenocissus vitacea, I stumbled across this while walking in… you guessed it Oak Grove in New Albany, you might be sensing a pattern. I found this little guy on my walk back to my house from my “go out and collect pictures” and boy am I glad that I noticed it on the ground. The Palmately and ridged leaves drew me to this conclusion. THICKET CREEPER: This little guy actually acts as a vine and will grow up to 20-30 feet! https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/woodbine
This is American Hornbeam or Carpinus caroliniana. I found this tall beast in Oak Grove New Albany. The ground surrounding this tree was quite dry. The bark of this tree helped me quite a bit with identification. AMERICAN HORNBEAM FACT: Beam is an old english word for tree. https://webpage.pace.edu/naturespace/AmericanHornbeam.htm
This is White Ash, Fraxinus americana in science words. I found this little gem in Oaks Grove New Albany. This tree was in a drier part of the woods than others. WHITE ASH FACT: Is the wood used in the oakland slugger baseball bat which is the main bat of the MLB! https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/environmental/courses/es282/fraxinus_americana.php
This is a Maple, Acer in scientific terms. Found in… Oak Grove… New Albany… Its whorled broad leaves make this easy to find. MAPLE FACT: Beekeepers enjoy keeping maples around their hives because it produces honey with high sugar content. https://topfacts.org/16-interesting-facts-about-maple/