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Malvaceae week: Linde (Tilia) from Knoops Park in Bremen:  Linde (Tilia) Tilioideae within the family Malvaceae.
Fotos taken on 15.6.2011 in Knoops Park in Bremen. The tree is 10 meter (or higher?)

The flowers have a very pleasent fragrance and attracts not only human beings but many insects. Wood is soft and is used in carving, used in churches especially for Altars, for making furniture or veneers.
Flowers attract honeybees and the goldcolor honey has typical flavour of Linde. Dried flowers are used to prepare tea which is good against cold.
Linden-tea with a little bit of lindenhoney, a good book to read, in a rocking chair near the fireplace, listening to the crackling of the fire. Winter can come.
In former days there used to be at least one Linde in every village. The village court was held under the lindentree, so the tree was called court-tree. After an epidemy or a war a peace-linde was planted. In one of the tree-walks I learnt that many existing lindentrees in our area were planted to commemorate the german-french war in 1870/71. In Schluttenbach in Southgermany there is one linde supposed to be more than 1000 years old.
Linde is a very popular avenue tree. and the road is typically called “unter den Linden” (under the lindentrees) More or less in every city or village there is one “unter den Linden”. Lindenallee, atleast a drugstore “linden apotheke”.
One of the very famous “unter den Linden” is in Berlin. Festivals, Demonstrations, Talks by politicians, public viewing Football, everything takes place “unter den Linden”
Berlin-portal says:
“Unter den Linden is the oldest shopping street of the city and stretches from the Brandenburg Gate to the castle bridge. The first trees were planted in 1647 on order of the Elector Friedrich Wilhelm.”

One finds many stories and poems dedicated to Linde. One very famous volksong is “Am Brunnen vor dem Tore, da steht ein Lindenbaum” and more or less everyone can sing it.


Our famous naturalist Carolus Linnaeus got his name from Linden tree (his earler name Linne)


linden honey is a prized herbal remedy from last several centuries… so, what species are these popular trees?


Till now had heard about trees getting names from scientists who I’d them, or place where they are found. Hearing first time scientist getting name from plant.
Though it is common in common people like in Marathi Aboli, Jai, Jui and so on.
But a scientist that to a geneus or father  of Taxonomy getting a name. But why so?


very interesting history of linneaus’s father chaning… making up a surname for himself before carl was born…
read it here…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Linnaeus


Ya it is inteesting. Could not read the whole link as it is pretty big. But the history of name is interesting.
So actually his fate was predecided that he is going to be a plant lover and Taxonomist.
Ya i enjoyed.
But now my question this lind plant in the link is written lime plant that is a variety of citrus! Am i right? So from where it has come in Malvaceae?


I could not locate lime in the link. But any how Lime tree is also used for Tilia, the Linden tree. Other names used are basswood tree.
It is the duplicity of common names that led to more complex Scientific names. We may have several common names even in the same language for a single species, and we may have same common name (e.g lime above) for more than one species. I frequently give my students the example of Safeda, which in Delhi is Eucalyptus and in Kashmir oit is Populus.


In bracket it was given where it is said that niel had that plant on his home farm.
But anyway doubt clear.


Lime tree.. because the flowers have a citrus-y smell and are lime yellow, get it …
colloquial names are funny…
had  nothing to do with binomials…
but they preceded the binomials by hundreds years,  sometimes millenia…
hence are here to stay…


Tilia cordata Mill. ??


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