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Ginkgo Trees Offer Blessings from Above: Part 1
by Nate Roderick   
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Last edited: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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How I discovered an ancient Chinese delicacy on a walk in the park.

It was on a recent trip to the park with my girlfriend and our dog when I first noticed the unusual leaves. They were fan shaped with long shoots, bright yellow, and divided in to two or more separate lobes. I recognized them immediately and picked up one of the golden specimens, holding it up to inspect the veins. Just as I suspected, dichotomous venation, which means that each vein branches into two smaller veins.

I called my girlfriend over to show her my discovery.

"Behold the Ginkgo tree!" I said. "Quite possibly the oldest living seed plant on Earth." 

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