By: Judy Evans
The unique Grass tree is indigenous to Australia. The taxonomic name is Xanthorrhoea – difficult to say and even more difficult to spell! For many years the plant was called a ‘blackboy’ as the species that develops a trunk is reminiscent of an aboriginal...
Plant profiles: California poppy
By: Nick Ford
The California poppy is an all American plant named by a German on a Russian ship. In July 1815 Otto von Kotzebue set sail on the tiny Russian brig with a 27 man crew. His mission, sponsored by the Russian government, was to explore the...
Plant profiles: Fireweed
By: Nick Ford
Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) is a familiar plant throughout the temperate northern hemisphere. It is frequently found in open fields, along roadsides and in clearings within the boreal forest. It might be thought that plant is named after the vivid purple red flowers that are produced...
Plant profiles: Desert trumpet
By: Nick Ford
In 1848 the American explorer and future President of the United States discovered a rather unusual plant "on barren hills in the lower part of Northern California". Fremont took his find to John Torrey, the leading botanist of the day and insisted that they both...
Tree profiles: Tamarack
By: Nick Ford
The Tamarack ((Larix laricina)) is one of the three indigenous Larch species that can be found in North America. It has the greatest range of all North American conifers. The Tamarack grows across Canada and the northern United States to the east of the Rocky...
By: Rex Trulove
It may be strange to hear certain kinds of trees being associated with morel mushrooms, but these great mushroom morsels are most often found under or close to some species of trees. This doesn't mean that they aren't occasionally found near other trees, but they...
Five useful weeds
By: Judith Willson
During the spring and summer, weeding takes up a good amount of a gardener’s time. Weeds are everywhere; in amongst your vegetables, sprouting through gaps in paving, appearing in your lawn. Some of those unwanted plants are actually be very useful in their own...
Top 10 most endangered trees
By: John Louie Ramos
Trees play an important role in our ecosystem. It maintains the balance of the Earth's natural landscape because of their role in preventing soil erosion. Trees also moderate ground and atmospheric temperatures by producing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide. In addition, for many developing countries...
Tree profiles: Red mangrove
By: Lea Miller
Red mangrove is most easily recognized by its prop roots, arching stilt-like growths that support it and lift it above the level of the water. It can be found in a wide range of coastal environments, including west Africa, the Atlantic coast from northern Brazil...
Plant profiles: Ghost orchid
By: Lea Miller
In 1998 Susan Orlean completed a non-fiction book called “The Orchid Thief.” In 2002, the movie “Adaptation” was released, which was loosely (very loosely) based on the book. Before these events there were probably only a handful of people who knew anything...

 

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