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Monday, March 26, 2007

Mandragopedia - Beech

Well, I feel that if anyone should make fantasy stories with European background, he must make a research of European plants, like 'Narnia'. So here goes:

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This article describes the beech tree. Beech is also the name of an aircraft manufacturer that was acquired by Raytheon.
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European Beech leaves and cupules

European Beech leaves and cupules
Scientific classification
Fagus crenata - Japanese Beech
Fagus engleriana - Chinese Beech
Fagus grandifolia - American Beech
Fagus hayatae - Taiwan Beech
Fagus japonica - Japanese Blue Beech
Fagus longipetiolata - South Chinese Beech
Fagus lucida - Shining Beech
Fagus mexicana - Mexican Beech or Haya
Fagus orientalis - Oriental Beech
Fagus sylvatica - European Beech

Beech (Fagus) is a genus of ten species of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to temperate Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or sparsely toothed, from 5-15 cm long and 4-10 cm broad. The flowers are small single-sex, wind-pollinated catkins, produced in spring shortly after the new leaves appear. The fruit is a small, sharply 3-angled nut 10-15 mm long, borne in pairs in soft-spined husks 1.5-2.5 cm long, known as cupules. The nuts are edible, though bitter with a high tannin content, and can be called beechmast.

The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental tree is the European Beech (Fagus sylvatica), widely cultivated in North America as well as its native Europe. The European species yields a widely used timber, an easy-to-work utility wood.

Beeches are used as food plants by some species of Lepidoptera - see list of Lepidoptera which feed on Beeches.

The southern beeches Nothofagus previously thought closely related to beeches, are now treated in a separate family Nothofagaceae. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia and South America.

European Beech leaves

Oriental Beech leaves

Flowers of Fagus sylvatica

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(See also, Raytheon Aircraft Company)

The Beech Aircraft Corporation, now the Beechcraft Division
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Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms.
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Plants are a major group of living things including familiar organisms such as trees, flowers, herbs, ferns, and mosses.
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The Fagales are an order of flowering plants, including some of the best known trees. They belong among the rosid group of dicotyledons.
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The family Fagaceae, or beech family, is characterized by alternate leaves with pinnate venation, flowers in the form of catkins, and fruit in the
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Deciduous means "temporary" or "tending to fall off" (deriving from the Latin word decidere, to fall off).
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A '''tree''' is a large, perennial, woody plant. Though there is no set definition regarding minimum size, the term generally applies to plants at least 6 m (20 ft)
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Europe is one of the seven continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia.
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{{otheruses}} '''Asia''' is the largest and most populous continent or region, depending on the definition. It covers 8.6% of the Earth's total surface area, or 29.
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North America is a continent in the Earth's northern hemisphere and almost fully in the western hemisphere.
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leaf is an above-ground plant organ specialized for photosynthesis. For this purpose, a leaf is typically flat (laminar) and thin, to expose the cells containing
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flower, (flo(u)rflorem<flos), also known as a bloom or blossom
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Catkins, or aments, are slim, cylindrical flower clusters, wind-pollinated (anemophilous) and without petals, that can be found in many plant families,
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false fruit (pseudocarp, accessory fruit) is sometimes applied to a fruit like the fig (a multiple-accessory fruit
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nut is a seed of a plant.

Botanical definition

A nut in botany is a simple dry fruit
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Tannins are astringent, bitter-tasting plant polyphenols that bind and precipitate proteins. The term tannin refers to the source of tannins used in tanning
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The European Beech or Common Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is a deciduous tree belonging to the beech family Fagaceae.
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The order Lepidoptera is the second largest order in the class Insecta and includes the butterflies, skippers, and moths.
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Nothofagus, the southern beeches is a genus of about 35 species of trees native to the temperate oceanic to subtropical Southern Hemisphere in southern South
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New Guinea, located just north of Australia, is the world's second largest island, having become separated from the Australian mainland when the area now known
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? Mentioned in ? References in classic literature
Then, with a whistling note that rose above the droning of the pit, the beam swung close over their heads, lighting the tops of the beech trees that line the road, and splitting the bricks, smashing the windows, firing the window frames, and bring- ing down in crumbling ruin a portion of the gable of the house nearest the corner.
Some intrepid larches waved green pennons in the very midst of the turbulent water, here and there a veteran lay with his many-summered head abased in the rocky course of the stream, and here was a young foolhardy beech that had climbed within a dozen yards of the rampart.
When a real bird falls in flop, he spreads out his feathers and pecks them dry, but Peter could not remember what was the thing to do, and he decided, rather sulkily, to go to sleep on the weeping beech in the Baby Walk.

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