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Go to the Trees

Being married to a man who speaks latin when he's talking about trees has inspired me to make up my own names for trees: names for the ordinary folk, and names that I think are better than many species' common names. In fact when I use my made up tree names, Phil and my grandmother know exactly what I'm talking about. So... I give you The Trees, by Abigail Joy Stevens Here we have the Butterfly Tree, easily recognized by the shape of its leaves. I can just imagine all its foliage taking flight. It's common name is the Hong Kong Orchid Tree ( Bauhinia variegata ). And yes it does get little orchid flowers on it. It also get long spiraling seed pods that make a delicious crunch in the fall. A perfect seed pod makes four crunches when stepped on... or so Philip says. I call this one the Tulip Tree. The blooms all look like Tulips. (Common name: Saucer