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X-ray of Kalopanax septemlobus (Giant Aralia)

X-ray of Kalopanax septemlobus (Giant Aralia)


Fine Art print of X-ray Photograph of Kalopanax septemlobus (Giant Aralia), originally made by Tor G. Nitzelius, a world well-known dendrologist, gardener and prefect at Gothenburg's botanical garden in collaboration with Lennart Nilsson, among others. Printed on a matte 210 gram Hahnemühle photopaper with archival resistant pigmented ink.


Named by the man who wrote the first Japanese flora. He was from Småland.


The castor aralia is the only species in its genus, but it is part of the Aralia family, which includes ivy, ginseng and devil’s club. It is native to China, Korea and Japan and was named by Linnaeus’ pupil Carl Peter Thunberg.He wrote the first Japanese flora, “Flora Japonica” (and later also “Fauna Japonica”). So it is no wonder that he remains very popular in Japan.


Maybe he described this tree while he was isolated on an island outside of Nagasaki from 1775 to 1776? Those who have studied it up close say it is fiendishly prickly. In its natural habitat, it grows to around 12–15 meters tall, and the young maple-like leaves can be upwards of 40 cm wide. It has white summer blossoms and toward fall, it has little blueish-black fruits.

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