Plane trees of London

Platanus orientalis insularis

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Foliage - Cyprus plane

Foliage of the Cyprus plane

This tree is a form from Cyprus, or other eastern Mediterranean islands. It is assumed to be representative of the legendary tree on the island of Kos under which Hippocrates taught (Wikipedia article), and is thus of interest to medical professionals.

The leaves and general appearance are typical of the oriental plane (based on the young specimen near the Temperate House at Kew). The leaves have long digitate lobes, are longer than they are broad, and have a matt upper surface.

Other specimens in London include a large tree in the grounds of the Royal College of Physicians at St. Andrews Place, by Regents Park, and another in the Chelsea Physic Garden. Apart from the medical context, there is no particular reason for this tree to be grown.

Crown - Cyprus plane

Crown - Cyprus plane

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