By: Sammy Stein
The value of poisonous plants lies not simply in the fact that they are poisonous but in the chemical nature of the toxins themselves. There are plants which produce poisons which are powerful enough to kill you if you brush against them such as certain...
How elaborate flowers are used to attract pollinators
By: Tami Port MS
When looking at beautiful blossom, few realize that a flower is just a big, showy advertisement used to help plants have sex. No kidding! Fancy flowers are very energetically expensive for a plant to produce, and their sole purpose is to attract pollinators; insects, birds...
Why do plants usually have green leaves?
By: Tami Port MS
Plants are a type of photoautotroph; an organism that uses pigments to absorb certain wavelengths of sunlight. The sunlight captured is then converted into food energy, in the form of glucose, a sugar. The type of light that a plant 'eats' is what results in...
Why do plants usually have green leaves?
By: Sammy Stein
Plants usually have green leaves due to the presence of the pigment, chlorophyll. They appear green because this pigment has the unique ability to absorb all the colors in the spectrum, apart from green light, which it reflects (and we see). Light containes many wavelengths...
By: Amanda Mittra
How To Become A Botanist * It is rather strange that we are often told that we must have a dream first to reach a goal. Surprisingly, what we end up in life later on from our most early years of wishes and dreams...
Parrot flower botancial species discovery of 1899
By: Leonard Konis
One of the rarest plant's few have ever seen in the world of botany is the Parrot Flower (Impatiens psittacina) looks like a parrot. 1 The flower appears as an orchid but lacks the specific characteristics (three petals and three sepals).5 Impatiens psittacina...
How plant stomata function
By: Lime Red Tetrahedron
A Brief Summary of TranspirationThe function of the stomata is ultimately linked to the process of transpiration in plants.TranspirationTranspiration is the evaporation of water from parts of plants, including the leaves, roots, stems, and flowers.Transpiration is essential in transporting water from the roots...
By: Tammy T
Gymnosperms, with the name literally meaning 'naked seeds', are a parallel line of seed-bearing plants with each class likely to be representing a specific stage in evolutionary progression. There are altogether four types of gymnosperms, according to their order on the evolutionary tree: Cycadophyta, Ginkgophyta...
By: Tammy T
The gymnosperms are basically seed plants that are not flowering plants. As their name suggests, pollination and fertilisation of the gymnosperms involve seeds, resulting from pollen grains and ovules. There are four types of gymnosperms, the Cycadophyta, the Ginkgophyta, the Coniferophyta and the Gnetophyta. Both...
By: Janet Grischy
Poison-oak is beautiful. In spring, its triple leaflets unfold with a delicate red tint. The smallest spring leaves are bronze. They enlarge as they open, to become a bright shiny green. At this stage, they really do resemble oak leaves, though the oak is not...

 

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