By: Rex Trulove
The Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) is a plant that grows in many areas of the US, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. In the wild, they are seldom tall growing plants, often growing under a foot tall. However, they can grow into small shrubs as tall...
Elderberries: Identification and uses
By: Marie-Luise Stromer
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a shrub-like tree found both as a wild and cultivated plant, and can grow up to 30 feet tall. People have known of its usefulness since prehistoric times, Plinius and Hippocrates have included it in their writings as far...
By: Perry McCarney
Rubus ellipticus is commonly known as yellow Himalayan raspberry in Hawai'i where it is considered a weed or naturalized alien invasive plant although it was initially deliberately introduced in 1961. It is also listed as one of the 100 of the world's worst invasive alien...
By: Jody Barnes
Just as arctic foxes and tropical tree frogs are adapted to their specific environments, plants have adapted to succeed in their biomes as well. Certain plants have very obvious adaptations, such as cacti that store water and use spines to protect themselves from the harsh...
By: G. Thomas Hart
Saskatoon (sask tn) is a colonial woodland shrub which normally grows up to 3-4m in height under the canopy of trees, and often around the base of a hillside or near watercourses. It bears a rounded juicy fruit almost 1cm long containing numerous seeds, which...
By: Tanner Nieldowitz
Horticulture, in the Webster's dictionary, is defined as, "the science, or art, of cultivating plants, fruits, flowers and etc." This basically means that Horticulture is messing with plants to make them better, or creating new varieties of plants. Horticulturists are people who do this...
By: Jason Hernandez
The rain forests of Central America are home to a great diversity of tropical hardwoods. As these forest lands come under increasing pressure for human settlement and agriculture, the only hope for keeping extensive areas forested is to grow tropical hardwoods in sustainable ways. There...
By: Jason Hernandez
When I was in my last year of undergraduate education, my professor, Jack Longino, was a myrmecologist - an ant scientist. In Costa Rica, he showed us various "ant plants," that is, plants which have a symbiotic relationship with ants. One of the most...
By: Matt Doughten
The Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) is considered to be of the bird cherry species, (meaning it has flowerous leaves and is deciduous)and can be found throughout the continent of North America. The average height of the Chokecherry is around 5 meters or 17 feet tall. Leaves...
By: Jonte Rhodes
Salvia Divinorum is a naturally growing psychotropic herb from various locations in South America. It is cultivated mainly for sale as a legal alternative to marijuana and can be bought in alternative lifestyle, marijuana paraphernalia shops or online. It is legal in most countries and...

 

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