Don Redwood. A princely conifer.
Once common as muck. The blades of grass tickling ancient giant’s feet as they strode the Northern Hemisphere.
Long thought extinct, known only through fossil records. As studied by Japanese paleo-botanist Shigeru Miki who coined the catchy moniker ‘metasequoia’.
Resurrected on the sly during WW2. Initially considered a new species. Took 5 years for contemporary Chinese botanist H H Hu to join the dots through time.
Seeds dispersed to all of earth’s arboretums in explosive celebration. Including the splendorous Botanical Gardens of Glasgow. A particularly fruitful specimen grows. Till now in silence.