Silky Oak

Grevillea robustaGrevillea robustaGrevillea robusta

As that first Spanish expedition descended into the San Fernando Valley in the summer of 1769, they named it, El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de los Encinos.  Translation: The Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of the Oaks. The oak tree, like the ill-fated Historic-Cultural Monument #24, had rightfully weaseled its way into the hearts of those explorers.

The Silky Oak’s bottlebrush-like blossoms might amuse us as though they had fallen straight from a Dr. Seuss fantasy, but it is not the Silky Oak for which the valley was named.  In fact, this tree is native to Australia.

Even though its flowers are curious, don’t touch the bark… it’s poisonous.

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Posted on May 18, 2012, in Trees of Los Angeles and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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