Giant Sequoia or Pacific Redwood at Casita del Principe in Spain?

Adolf Ceska aceska at TELUS.NET
Thu Nov 18 16:05:53 CST 2004


Prof. Donald C. Cutter reported Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens (Lamb. ex D.
Don) Endl. from Casita del Principe in Spain and attributed its origin to
the seeds sent to Spain by Thaddeus Haenke (Malaspina Expedition) in the
early 1790's.

Jepson previously reported redwood in Grenada, presumably grown from seeds
sent to Spain by Haenke.

According to Prof Cutter the great redwood in Granada died "in fairly recent
times", but Prof. Cutter saw some equally giant trees at Casita del
Principe. An unnamed California botanist identified them as Redwood (Sequoia
sempervirens).
See: http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/ben/ben288.html

Recently, Dr. Marc Meyer (from Arboretum of Tervuren near Brussels, Belgium)
visited Casita del Principe and identified the giant trees as Giant Sequoia
(Sequoiadendron giganteum (Lindl. Buchh.).

Is there any Spanish botanist who would be able to cast light on this
question?

Many thanks,

Adolf

Adolf Ceska, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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