By: Shekinah Quinnett-Cook
Our Sunny friends, the Sunflower Sunflowers, or as they are more scientifically named Helianthus annuus - annuus for annually grown, helia for sun, and anthus for flower - are one of the fastest growing plants alive today. They only require ninety to one hundred days...
History of the Coca Leaf in Peru - Cultural Focus
By: Matt Bird
Peru is teeming with natural vegetation, and anyone traveling to the area is likely to come across a lot of plants - probably too many to remember. But pay close attention during your Peru adventure, as you may just come across one rather extraordinary little...
How to identify wild dogwood
By: Heather Waelti
The genus Cornus compromise a group of over 30 species of the Dogwood. Most all species of the dogwood are deciduous trees and shrubs. Last counted in 2006, the total number of dogwood species was sitting at 58 and they are divided into four sub-genera...
History of the Coca Leaf in Peru - Cultural Focus
By: Bridget Webber
The coca plant, from the family Erythroxylaceae, is more than a simple shrub for the people of the Andes where it grows. For them it is a magical and medicinal plant used to cement friendship, and as an intermediate to communicate with Gods, plus a...
History of the Coca Leaf in Peru - Cultural Focus
By: Colette Georgii
The coca plant has been around since about 3000 BC according to Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia and also coca farmer, who seeks to reestablish the plant as the main cash crop in that country and create more economic stability for the coca farmers...
By: Stephanie D Hall
The coca leaf is a plant native to north western South America. It is generally thought that coca originally appeared in the northern Andes, where conditions for it to grow uncultivated were optimal, and that as the benefits of coca were realised it was cultivated...
History of the Coca Leaf in Peru - Cultural Focus
By: Holle Abee
The coca leaf is a huge part of Peruvian culture and has been for centuries. For many South Americans, coca is part of their everyday lives, much like coffee is for inhabitants of other parts of the world. Coca, however, also holds important significance in...
By: Norman Green
All plants require sunlight to grow. Plants can be grown under artificial lights, but these lights are just mimicking the effects of sunlight. Dependent on the type of plant and its natural habitat, the amount of sunlight required for healthy growth will vary, but no...
Tree profiles: Douglas fir
By: Rex Trulove
The Douglas fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, is a mostly, but not entirely, western species of tree. Though it grows in many places, the most imposing examples are found in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. In this area, these trees grow nearly as tall as the well-known...
By: Amelia Emery
The Noble Fir is one of the most beautiful conifers of the Pacific Northwest. Known botanically as Abies procera, it is native to the Cascade Mountain range and can be found in Washington, Oregon and northern California. It grows in the middle and upper elevations...

 

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