Strawberry tree is native to Mediterranean Europe, western France and southwest Ireland. The origin of the disjunct population of plants in Ireland seems to remain a matter of debate, with some lay references suggesting a human origin, some suggesting a post-glacial advance into Ireland from France when the English Channel was dry and others advancing the notion that this plant existed on Ireland prior to the the Ice Ages and survived that era. I'm certain I had read a research paper a couple years ago that suggested what I thought was a fairly definitive answer, but I haven't been able to track it down yet, so expect an update to this entry.
In other news, Tangled Bank #43 is up and running on the Rural Rambles weblog. If you're new to Tangled Bank, it's a collection of recent science-based writing from weblogs around the world hosted by a different weblog every other week. It's a great way to be introduced (or reintroduced) to other weblogs with a science focus.
Natural history / evolution / art resource link: Of all the links I've suggested in BPotD, I would argue this one is in the top-ten “must-sees”. Long-time natural history illustrator Carl Buell has started a weblog entitled Olduvai George. There are only a few entries so far, but it's already apparent that Olduvai George is something special. If you comment on any of his entries (and you should, to encourage him to continue), please tell him you were sent via BPotD!