Wheel Tree is the English common name of Trochodendron aralioides,
which is a eudicot native to Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and China.
(the Japanese name is "Yama-Guruma," literally "Mountain-Wheels.")
This species is attractive for two of its defining characteristics: leaves growing in wheel-like shapes and a mixture of advanced and specialized characters in the eudicot family.
(The photos were taken at the Koishikawa Botanical Gardens, the University of Tokyo, Japan.)
The recent technological advancements in science, particularly in biology, have explosively accelerated the pace of production of facts.
It would mean that, bottlenecks in biology are swiftly moving from "discovery" to "recognition and interpretation".
(It may be worth recalling that the ultimate goal of science is knowledge, which is certain "recognition" supported by sound foundations.)
Therefore, we are approaching the problems of recognition and interpretation in biology, in a different way from the metaphysical idealism or social constructionism.
We would like to welcome any possible research collaborations.