Cornus capitata. EVERGREEN DOGWOOD. Himalayas
CORNACEAE (Dogwood family)

A small evergreen tree, leaves a paler green underneath, with prominent ribs. The extraordinary red fruit body is composed of 30 or 40 pink, fused, roughly six-sided fruits each with a stubby, central-style remnant. It is interesting to watch the different stages of development of the fruit, which is eaten in India, starting from a tiny granulated green knob subtended by four bracts whose shadows can be seen long after the bracts fall. The wood was familiar in Greek times for use in javelins, as reported in the Aeneid. See behind Building 40, and one next to a lamp at the northwest corner of Lagunita Court facing Santa Teresa St. (near Spiraea nipponica).

Illustrations (links open new windows): gallery

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Name derivation, genus | species Latin for horn, from the toughness of the wood | head-like, aggregated into a dense cluster

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

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