Last summer I met with a botanist friend of mine...
Last summer I met with a botanist friend of mine who was keen to show me his private collection of rare tree and plant species. I wasn’t particularly interested but I went along anyway because he was really excited to show me the newest addition to his collection.
“It’s a unique species of oak tree, with only a few still alive in the world today.”
He told me. Apparently you have to keep them indoors because in the 1800s some botanist called Edward Nooj discovered that their inability to cope with harsh weather conditions could lead to their extinction.
My friend kept his in an enclosed chamber with special UV lamps and imported soil.
“Surely they must have be able to grow out in the weather if they lived for hundreds of years before this Nooj guy came along” I said to him
To which he replied, “Well yes I’m sure that back then they flourished, but these days there’s certainly no Nooj Oaks under the sun.”