Tulip tree fruits in winter

Botanical Nerd Word: Samara

Samara: A dry, indehiscent, winged fruit.* Tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), maples (Acer spp.), and many other plants produce samaras, commonly referred to as ‘keys.’ Tulip trees, pictured above, often have whorls of …

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Tulip tree flower

Botanical Nerd Word: Perfect

Perfect: Flowers that have functioning female and male reproductive parts.* The flowers of this Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree) have both male (pollen producing) stamens as well as female (pollen receiving) …

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