By: Amanda Mittra
Very few ecosystems have attracted ecologists, environmentalists and nature lovers as much as mangroves have. With their rich salt-prone flora and an undeniably rich make up of fauna, mangroves have and still continue to be the best life-guard against calamities from the sea for humans...
What are mangroves
By: Kimberly Napier
Mangroves are a group of plants or shrubs which grow partly on land partly in the sea. They thrive in heat, mud and salt which would kill other plants quickly. The ones which live in a forest are very productive and make up a complex...
Botany: How to make laboratory drawings
By: Amanda Mittra
Laboratory drawings are a very important part of botany laboratory work and for botany studies as a whole. In order for a student or botanist to describe the level of understanding of the plant specimen, the laboratory drawing has to reflect the depth of study...
By: Janet Grischy
Ferns are simple plants, but they have somewhat complicated life cycles. In the scientific language of botany, the life cycle of a fern is described as the alternation of the sporophyte and the gametophyte. Relatively primitive plants, ferns take two completely different forms in alternating...
By: Lane Olinghouse
Mangroves love saltwater marshes and swamps. Some of the more spectacular mangrove specimens grow in coastal areas of Florida. Here and elsewhere, extensive lowland areas remain permanently flooded except in cases of very low tides that leave mangrove tree and shrub roots temporarily exposed. Unlike...
What are mangroves
By: Nilanjana Bose
*What are mangroves? Mangroves are edgy forests straddling land and sea. They exist in no-man zones between the oceans and rivers and hard lands, in isolated islands defined by the rushing and ebbing of tides. They are trees that crowd together at the borderlines, of...
Importance of vascular tissue in plants
By: Kimberly Napier
The vascular system in a plant plays an important role in the life of these herbal being. It conducts water, nutrients, sugars, proteins and RNA through the plant through lignified tissues. Vascular tissue allows the plants to grow larger than non-vascular plants.The xylem and...
Plant family: Apocynaceae
By: Richard Pearman
Oleander, frangipani, Hoodia those weird potted plants on the “Enterprise” in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (Pachypodium), all belong to the family Apocynaceae, also known as the dogbane family and the periwinkle family. The family Ascelpiadaceae (milkweed family) has now been included in...
General features of Equisetum species
By: Kimberly Napier
The Equisetum species is commonly known as horsetails and scouring rushes. The name come from the Latin words “equus” meaning horse, and “seta” meaning bristle, animal hair. Equisetum is referred to as a living fossil. This is because it is the only surviving...
General description of Psilotum species
By: Kimberly Napier
The Psilotum species of ferns are commonly known as the whisk fern. Its scientific name is Psilotum nudum. The name Psilotum comes from the Greek word “psilos” which means bare and nudum from the latin word for naked, nude.. This is because this plant...

 

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