The Evergreen Tree: China-fir


Cunninghamia unicanaliculata (Cunninghamia lanceolata)

common name: China-fir

The China-fir is native to Central China and is a non-flowering evergreen tree.

photo: China-fir, Stephen F. Austin State University Gardens

The scientific name (Genus name) is in honor of James Cunninghame of the East India Company . He was a botanist who worked for the East India Company in China as a surgeon and was the first Englishman to make collections of plants in china. Apparently, he was one of the few survivors of a massacre at the East India Company at Emouï, East India companies failed attempt at establishing trade with Cochin China.

It's an estimation that he died in 1709 on his way back to England.

Goodwin, Gordon. "Cunningham, James (d.1709?) (DNB00)." Wikisource. N.p., 6 July 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 31.

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