Ginko Biloba

its name derives from the Japanese term Ginkyo which means silver apricot, with a very clear reference to its fruits. Biloba, that is, two-lobed, bilobed, refers to the slit found in the center of the fan-shaped leaves. It is one of the most ancient species recognized on our planet. The fossils that have been found date back to the Mesozoic.

with golden foliage in September

At the end of World War II, on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the Americans, instantly killing 100,000 people and razing the city to the ground. In September 1945 the area surrounding the epicenter of the explosion was examined: it was discovered that not all life forms had been destroyed by the explosion. In fact, six Ginkgo biloba trees survived even if only 1-2 km (0.62-1.24ft) from the epicenter of the explosion. Although heavily damaged by the explosion itself, the underground portion of the plants was in fact still alive and threw new shoots. Even today the trees are all alive, and without any particular deformity (a possible risk to exposure to radioactivity). For this, the Ginkgo tree has become a symbol of hope for Japan.
It is located at the entrance to Negombo

Botany (from the Greek botanikè tekhne, = study of plants) is the science that deals with plants; who, breathing, feeding, reproducing and even, in their own way, getting excited are considered to all intents and purposes living beings

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