Our mom got a place that cost only as much if we would have been in the city and it is at the bottom of the famous cliff of Ronda! Though you have to drive or hike to get to Ronda. We are on the outskirts and in the nature of Ronda. If you want info about what is in the city of Ronda, check out Julien’s post tomorrow.

But I want to focus about the botany of Ronda because I love plants and they told me the names on the signs. Botany, the study of plants is different here in Spain. Instead of stinging nettles there are spiny cacti and instead of evergreens there are Aleppo pines. The first plant I would like to explain is the Ailanthus.

Ailanthus (Ailanthus Altissima) is an invasive species native to China and Taiwan. It is generally found in temperate climates and is called the “Tree of Heaven.” It is called the tree of heaven because the Ambonese word ailanto means heaven-tree or “tree reaching for the skies. The taxonomic rank of the Ailanthus is:

  • Domain: Eurakyrota
  • Kingndom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Spermatophyta
  • Subphylum: Angiospermae
  • Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Order: Rutales
  • Family: Simaroubaceae
  • Genus: Ailanthus
  • Species: Ailanthus altissima

The second species I would like to mention is the Aleppo Pine. The Aleppo Pine (Pinus Halepensis) is a fruitless tree that stands about 6 meters above the ground. The population of the aleppo pine is stable and is not worried about. It is native to the country of Morocco and is native all the way to southern France, Croatia, and Italy. The taxonomic rank of the Aleppo Pine is:

  • Domain: Eukaryota
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Tracheobionta
  • Subphylum: Spermatophyta
  • Class: Coniferophyta
  • Order: Pinopsida
  • Family: Pinales
  • Genus: Pinaceae
  • Species: Pinus Halepensis

Below: the leaves of the “the Tree of Heaven”

Below: the Aleppo pine ( Pino Carrasco is Aleppo pine in Spanish)

Below: Cliff of Ronda