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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

The Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) originates from the Canary Islands. Its indigenous population believe that this tree has magical properties. This belief is partly due to the fact that when the bark is cut, and reddish resin known as 'dragon's blood' is secreted which oxidises in the open air and then crystallizes. Dragon's blood was already known to the Romans, who used it as a colourant. In the Middle Ages it was sought over by wizards and alchemists who believed it had therapeutic properties. In the eighteenth century, it was used as a colourant by painters Today, it is used in the preparation of varnishes for musical string instruments, and more rarely in cosmetics. REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

Cyperus Papyrus was originally from Syria, Palestine and Africa, but it also grew along the banks of the rivers Anapo and Ciane. It is an elegant swamp plant that grows close to abundant water and in hot climates. The ancient Egyptians used the internal part of the stems to make the famous Papyrus that they used as paper. The techniques the Egyptians used to make sheets of Papyrus was the only cut the stems into narrow strips, which were then immersed in water. After a certain number of days, during which the strips turn into a brownish colour, they are laid out in horizontal and vertical layers and then pressed. The natural substances found in the stems allow the strips to slowly stick together firmly as they dry. The result after several days is a very ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

The blooms of the Nelúmbo Nucifera, the famous Lotus flower are spectacular with scented pink and white flowers measuring at least 20 centimetres. The long leaves are totally water-repellent thanks to a thin waxy outer layer. The Lotus flower is a sacred plant in Hindu and Buddhist culture, where it is a symbol of purity. In the aquarium there was also an interesting species of South African succulent plant, Aloe saponaria, which today is used to treat psoriasis. THEMES ■The Lotus Flower ■Aloe ■Water Lilies REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
Water Lilies
Lotus Flower
The pond containing the three plants

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

Soap tree (Sapíndus mukorossi) is originally from Asia. It produces roundish fruits that contain saponin in their pulp which are still used today for washing clothes in a natural way. This can be done by rubbing a drupe (the fleshy fruit that contains a single seed) in one's hands to obtain an immediate cleansing effect. Just 5 to 6 fruits put into a cloth bag and placed directly into a washing machine gives an absolutely clean wash. Each drape contains a shiny black seed. These can be used for the manufacture of necklaces, bracelets and various objects. REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ▪written up and sent to travelblog.org ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

Along the palm path there were examples of Phoénix dactylífera (the date palm), Chamaerops humilis (the Mediterranean dwarf palm) indigenous to Europe, Howèa Forsteriana an elegant palm originally from Australia known as Kéntia, and Rhapis excelsa, a small palm originally from China known as Bamboo - palm because its growth is similar to that of bamboo. THEMES ■palm ■bamboo... read more
Howea Forsteriana - leaf
Rhapis Excelsa - whole tree
Rhapis Excelsa : leaf

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

It is a deciduous tree. It is originally from China and Japan, and is considered to be a living fossil. The generic name Ginkgo comes from Chinese, yin meaning 'silver' and 'xing' meaning apricot. Silver apricot refers to the appearance of the seeds. The Ginkgo is well known for its medicinal properties. Recent clinical studies have highlighted the positive effects in the treatment of various artery and neuro degenerative diseases. THEMES ■Gingko TERMS ■deciduous trees - trees which shed leaves in autumn REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

The Botanical Gardens are part of the university of Palermo. They were conceived as a teaching aid for botanical and medical studies, as a stimulus for industry and agriculture, and also as a decorative and prestigious institution for the city and its governing body. THEMES ● Botanical Gardens ● Palermo REFERENCES APP: ■coopculture.it The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna May 3rd 2021

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 12th 2021

VILLETTA DI NEGRO A waterfall in a park in the centre of Genova. The park also houses the Edoardo Chiossone Oriental Art Museum in a reconstructed villa. PASSEGGIATA DI CORSO ITALIA A long promenade where people can run, walk or rollerblade on. I often cycle in the cycle lane which heads towards Bocadasse. There is also a jogging lane, which is next to the cycle lane, which is next to the road. VIEWS OF GENOVA AND PORTO ANTICO Most of Genova is on a hill. There are many staircases which lead to great views over the city itself and over Porto Antico, the old port. BOCADASSE A picturesque fishing village which I cycle to often via Corso Italia.... read more
Monument in Villetta di Negro park
Passeggiata Di Corso Italia
Beautiful building along Corso Italia

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 12th 2021

I see bitter orange trees all over Liguria and they are delightful. Bitter orange trees originally came from South East Asia, through Oman, Persia and Egypt. They arrived in 1000AC on the coasts of the Arabian Mediterranean Sea (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon.) In the course of the crusades, the French and Genoese loaded it on to their ships and brought it home to garnish their gardens. The bitter orange tree then arrived in Liguria and Provence, and as a result the areas grew prosperous. The citrus groves on the Ligurian west coast were called 'The Ligurian Gardens of the Hesperides' Now there are many bitter orange trees placed between Sanremo and Ventimiglia. REFERENCES ■Sanremo ■Ventimiglia ■orange trees ... read more
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