By: Giles Bovis
If you enjoy the excitement of discovery, have good observational skills, and enjoy the outdoors, then botany might be the field for you. Botanists or plant biologists study plant life in all their varying forms; both in the natural environment and under laboratory conditions. With...
By: Lime Green Sphere
Hair lichens are mysterious, slow-growing life forms that only grow in areas with clean, pristine air and plenty of moisture. During a visit to a national park, one can sometimes see these lichens drooping off of trees in old growth forests. In the past, Native...
By: Lime Green Sphere
There are about 20 species of Saskatoon berries native to North America. Cultivated varieties are typically hybrids between two or more of the wild species. In the past, Native peoples of North America used Saskatoon berry plant parts both for nourishment and medicinal purposes. This...
By: Lime Green Sphere
The Chokecherry is a single species of bird cherry that is endemic to North America. The berries and flowers add an accent and fall colors of this plant are beautiful. In the past, Native peoples of North America used blueberry plant parts both for nourishment...
By: Sammy Stein
To become a botanist you need first and foremost a love of plants and a curious mind.Plants are amazing, pure and simple. They are found in every habitat on earth and adapt to live in the very harshest of places. From hydrophytes which live...
By: Lime Green Sphere
Would it surprise you that this unusual plant has berries that taste just like lemons? It's true, and it is quite an interesting coincidence. It makes sense that, in the past, native peoples of North America used the berries to make a drink not unlike...
By: Karen Bledsoe
Oregon grape, the state flower of Oregon, is a North American native shrub worthy of a spot in a natural landscape. Oregon grape, sometimes called Oregon grape holly because of its spiny leaves, is classified as Berberis aquifolium, or its older name, Mahonia aquifolium. Dwarf...
By: Frances Stanford
The Saskatoon berry is very similar to the blueberry, but smaller in size. It grows on small shrubs that rarely reach more than 8 m in height. The berries ripen in early summer and usually appear in clumps of between 3 and 20 berries. The...
By: Dave Stanford
Carpology is the study of the structure and morphology of fruits and seeds, but how can this study help us? Like anything in science, the study of the basics of any species of plant or animal will help us understand more of where we have...
By: Rex Trulove
Chokecherry is a common name used for many species of tart wild cherries that grow throughout the world. Properly, they are members of the Prunus genus.While the name of chokecherry can be applied to nearly any tart species of wild cherry, in America, the...

 

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