Tuliptree, Liriodendron tulipifera, Magnolia family.
The tulip-tree has a lovely musical sounding botanical name: “Liriodendron tulipifera” (Lirio is lily and dendron is tree in Greek, tulipifera means that its flowers resemble tulips). It is a magnificent tree, growing to average heights of 70 to 100 feet. The wood has many uses because is termite resistant and “It is clearly the wood of choice for use in organs, due to its ability to take a fine, smooth, precisely cut finish and so to effectively seal against pipes and valves”(1). The flower provides a lot of nectar to bees and hummingbirds. Liriodendron is native to North America and together with Magnolia shared a common ancestor 91 million years ago (2). (1)Wikipedia.
(2)The “fossilized” mitochondrial genome of Liriodendron tulipifera: ancestral gene content and order, ancestral editing sites, and extraordinarily low mutation rate. Aaron O Richardson et al.BMC Biology 2013-11:29.
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