Joanna Keane/Jann, eine OEDILF-Freundin aus California, USA, sandte mir gerade eine Email mit zwei neueren Limericks über Bäume, die sie kürzlich geschrieben hat. Da beide Arten schon hier im Forum vorkamen, zitiere (Suchwort eingeben, "Quote me" anklicken!) ich sie hier aus www.oedilf.com
Im zweiten Limerick ist Roger Vick aus Canada als Mit-Autor genannt.
Cook pine, Araucaria columnaris
, coral reef araucaria, New Caledonia pine, Cook araucaria, columnar araucaria by Joanna Keene (Janice (Jann Brendle) Keane)
"That tall evergreen tree by the sea
Is quite striking! What kind might it be?"
"A Cook pine, Mr. Harris,
That's A. columnaris,
A New Caledonian tree."
While these coniferous trees, Araucaria columnaris, are native to New Caledonia, there are now many in Hawaii, and I've seen quite a few in southern California; they can also be found in Queensland, New Zealand, and Mexico. They are very tall, somewhat narrow, and quite striking when seen in silhouette.
Of further interest is the fact that these trees and others in their genus, notably the monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), date back to the age of the dinosaurs.
rainbow eucalyptus, Eucalyptus deglupta
, Mindanao gum by Joanna Keene (Janice (Jann Brendle) Keane) and Roger Vick (Roger Vick)
"Oh, my God! Look at this. What's the deal
With the rainbow eucalyptus?" folks squeal.
They look painted by hand—
But I now understand
That their colorful trunks are for real.
The Eucalyptus deglupta, also known as the rainbow eucalyptus and the Mindanao gum is a tall, smooth-barked tree that grows in tropical and subtropical areas where there's lots of rain. It's famous for its multicolored bark, which often startles people when they first see it. The previous year's bark falls away revealing strips of bright contrasting colors: green, pink, red, orange, blue and purple.