Recent Blog Posts

Conifer expeditions - Mexico (1)

  • Posted on: 22 June 2017

Mexico, with its 93+ species and varieties of conifers, has been a very special place for any conifer explorer. Sufficient amount of time, good vehicles and helpful guides, adequate funds and lots of hiking are needed to make sure that all (or all the most important) conifer taxa can be visited in their native habitats.

Abies fansipanensis - VÂN SAM FAN SI PANG

  • Posted on: 20 June 2017

Documenting this species requires to hike Vietnam's tallest mountain peak, Fan Si Pan, sometimes spelled as Fansipan or Fan Xi Pan (3143 m), part of the Hoang Lien Son (range). In December 2003, this was made possible with financial help from I.D.R.I. and the guidance of Dr. Dzuong Duc Huyen, country officer of the Prosea (Plant Resources of Southeast Asia) Project, and deputy head of the Botanical Department of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (Hanoi).

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

  • Posted on: 20 June 2017

For some people, this is a familiar sight - pollen cones and ovuliferous cones, respectively, of Chamaecyparis lawsoniana. For others, these may simply mean "beauty in the details" that can be enjoyed by a simple magnifier. The pictures were captured in a living collection in Hungary.