By: Sammy Stein
Hydroponic culture means, literally growing in water but the term is generally used to mean the growing of plants not in soil but over a nutrient rich solution. Hydroponics was credited to Professor Gerick in the 1930s, although he was one of several horticulturalists playing...
How elaborate flowers are used to attract pollinators
By: Sammy Stein
The aim of flowers is sex, plants invest a huge proportion of their energy into producing flowers to ensure that pollen is passed from the male part (anthers) to the female receptive part (stigma) either to the same floer, another flower on the same plant...
By: Sammy Stein
Dicotyledons are an important group amongst the plant kindgom. They represent a more complex evolutionary line than the monocotyledons, which are thought to be a more recent evolutionary development. Dicotyledons have 2 seed leaves compared to the one seed leaf (cotyledon) of the monocotyledons. There...
Plant profiles: Beavertail cactus
By: Will Connor
One of the most common dessert cacti of North and Central America is the Opuntia basilaris or the beavertail cactus. This bushy cactus is characterized by its teardrop-shaped flat pads, resembling the tail of a beaver, thus giving it its nickname. The beavertail cactus, just...
The meanings behind flower colors
By: Shannon Farlouis
Flowers hold very symbolic meanings through their beautiful colors. The next time you shop at the florist or flower shop to select a bouquet for someone special, you will know that flowers hold special symbolic meanings through the beauty of their colors. Red-Red flowers hold...
Nitrogen absorption in plants
By: Amanda Mittra
Nitrogen is an integral part of the plant world apart from hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. It is found freely in the atmosphere which surprisingly isn’t absorbed or imbibed by the plant. However, plants receive their nitrogen proportions from the soil through ammonia rich compounds...
Common stains and mounting media for botany specimens
By: Amanda Mittra
Botany specimens from differing divisions based on their taxonomy respond to stains in a unique way. What Bryophytes require might not be the same for Algae or Fungi, or even Pteridophytes. The most commons stains that are used are Aniline blue, Fast green, Safranin, Cotton...
By: Judy Evans
Dodonaea is a genus in the soapberry family Sapindaceae. There are around 70 species of these evergreen shrubs and small trees. They occur mostly in Australia in a variety of climatic conditions but mainly in tropical and warm-temperate regions with some being found in arid...
Plant profiles: Ohio spiderwort
By: Krista Al Qirim
Tradescantia ohiensis, more commonly known as Ohio Spiderwort, is a wildflower native to the eastern half of the United States. While common in some states, it is listed as endangered in the state of Pennsylvania. A hardy plant better able than most to resist the...
By: Amanda Mittra
Wood is one of the most naturally available materials which has transformed the life of man. Wood, obtained from trees, is used as firewood, for furniture, building homes and for making tools. The benefits of wood cannot go unaccounted for and are useful because of...

 

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