Gingko: The Tree that Can Change Sex

Ginko leavesPhoto: James Field (Jame)

Many things mark the Gingko biloba, which has survived since the era of the dinosaurs, as a most unusual tree.

Gingko treePhoto: Tomasz Kuran akaMeteor2017

The ripened apricot-like fruit (consisting of a large seed surrounded by a fleshy pulp) smells like a skunk has squirted its defense bladder on a pile of three-day-old rotten-egg vomit. Step on one of these squishy seeds and your shoes are history!

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