Parrotia persica. PERSIAN PARROTIA. Iran
HAMAMELIDACEAE (Witch hazel family)

A small deciduous tree noted for yellow leaf color in fall, changing to crimson. The ovate, almost sessile, paper-thin leaves, 4 inches long and a little less in width, have a crenulated edge that sometimes culminates in a pointed tip. The clustered flowers are noted for red anthers. The tree has nothing to do with parrots; it is named for naturalist J. J. von Parrot, who is noted as the first person recorded (1829) to have climbed 14,000-foot Mount Ararat (since Noah landed there!). A row of four about 15 feet tall grows along the north side of Herrin Hall. A multitrunk specimen is at 413 Ferne Avenue, Palo Alto, to the left of the driveway.

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Name derivation, genus | species: For W. Parrot (1792-1841), German naturalist | of Iran

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

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