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X-ray of Persea borbonia

X-ray of Persea borbonia


Fine Art print of X-ray Photograph of Persea borbonia, originally made by Tor G. Nitzelius, a world well-known dendrologist, gardener and prefect at Gothenburg's botanical garden in collaboration with Lennart Nilsson, among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.


An invasive species that can be quite delicious.


The Persea genus comprises evergreen trees and shrubs that mainly grow in the tropics. The best known and tastiest is the avocado (Persea americana). The trees are large, with deep green, elliptical leaves with spectacular flowers that turn into big, rough, pear-shaped fruits with a high fat content.


They grow very quickly, are sensitive to frost, and have a reputation for littering. And rightfully so, because they continuously lose their leaves. 


Persea borbonia was first described by Linnaeus and is much smaller than its relatives. It grows naturally in the coastal regions of the southeast US: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, often near marshes. Since 2002, it has been hit hard by the redbay ambrosia beetle, which causes a fungus that kills the species.

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