Saturday, April 30, 2011
Joseph Prestele: Benthamia japonica
Colored lithograph on stone by Joseph Prestele, after a drawing of Benthamia japonica by H. Popp, a botanical artist from Bamberg, Germany. Benthamia japonica, Japanese flowering dogwood, is a synonym of Cornus kousa Hance.
A few facts about Joseph Prestele
A few facts about Cornus kousa
1. It's a small -- typically less than 40 feet tall -- deciduous tree.
2. What look like four-petaled white flowers are actually bracts, a special kind of leaf, which surround small yellow-green flowers.
3. The fruit, shown at the bottom right, is an inch to an inch and a half wide, light-red or pink. It has a stony pit.
4. The bark on mature trees forms a camouflage pattern.