Plane trees of London

Platanus orientalis insularis

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Foliage of the Cyprus plane

This tree is a form from Cyprus. It is assumed to be representative of the legendary tree on the island of Kos under which Hippocrates taught.

The leaves are typical of the oriental plane, with long digitate lobes. They are longer than they are broad, and have a matt upper surface. The description is from a younger mature tree near the Temperate House at Kew Gardens, which has now been removed.

Specimens in London include a large tree in the grounds of the Royal College of Physicians at St. Andrews Place, by Regents Park.

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