San Jose, December 6, 2009: Looking outside through our windows last weekend, I noticed how the Ginkgo Biloba tree out front had dropped its leaves in an undisturbed distribution under its branches. If you use your imagination, the dropped leaves resemble what a reflection of the tree from a pond of water would look like.
A one minute research exercise tells me that Biloba refers to the leaves’ double lobes, the Latin, bis for two combined with loba for lobes. Ginkgo is an misinterpreted Chinese word by Engelbert Kaempfer who was the first westerner on record to have seen the tree in China. The actual Chinese word, according to Wikipedia is Ginkyo. And, you know, since it is written in Wikipedia, you know it’s true. ;-)
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