By: Amanda Mittra
Plants generally fall under three categories: trees, shrubs and herbs. It is easy to distinguish herbs as those plants which are generally small and without any firm support or woody stem. On the other hand, shrubs have a woody stem, are much bigger than herbs...
Bacterial plant pathogens and the symptoms of bacterial infections in plants
By: Omar Salvador
There are thousands of pathogens that exist in nature, although a particular plant may have only about forty of these. Also at any given time, this same plant is routinely attacked by only one or two pathogenic agents which can be bacterial pathogens. As a...
Internal structure of root, stem and leaf system of plants
By: Sammy Stein
The internal structure of the root, stem and leaf system of plants is fascinating and allows us to have an understanding of how plants work. Though there are many variations the basic structure is the same. Using a cross section, the internal structure of a...
By: Sammy Stein
A seed contains the embryonic new plant and the beginnings of a new generation. For annuals in particular, the parent generation dies leaving their entire species as progeny in their seeds. To this end, it is important that the seeds are protected and germinate when...
By: Amanda Mittra
Photosynthesis is a process by which plants utilize carbon dioxide and water in the presence of sunlight to produce glucose and oxygen. It is in fact a process that is very simple to understand. The roots of plants absorb water from the soil. This water...
By: Judy Evans
The Blandfordia genus is commonly known as Christmas bells. There are only four species in this genus and all are from eastern Australia. Although once part of the lily (Liliaceae) family, they have been moved to the Blandfordiaceae family. They are perennial, erect, lily-like herbs...
By: Judy Evans
Most of the 30 odd species of the genus Brachychiton are endemic to Australia. Most species are more commonly known as kurrajongs of one sort or another. They are found chiefly in northern tropical and subtropical areas with a few appearing in arid zones. They...
Overview of the Australian Bauhinia species
By: Judy Evans
There are only six species of the genus Bauhinia which are endemic to Australia. Most of the 300 odd species are confined to the tropics. It is not found in Europe but can be found just about everywhere else. It is part of the legume...
By: Judy Evans
All 13 species of the Baeckea genus are endemic to Australia, although one extends to tropical Asia. The genus is part of the myrtle family Myrtaceae. They are evergreen, erect to spreading shrubs with small, neat leaves. The flowers are similar to those of the...
Overview of the Australian Backhousia species
By: Judy Evans
Backhousia is a small genus of some seven evergreen species of trees and shrubs. They are all endemic to the subtropical and tropical rainforests of coastal eastern Australia. All species have white or cream flowers with prominent stamens. The leaves are smooth-edged and appear in...

 

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