By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Ants consume the white parts of the seeds of bleeding heart plants and disperse them to areas where the plants grow. Without the ants, the seeds would not germinate. Ants are crucial to the life of the bleeding heat plants. The elaiosme provides food for...
By: OLskool
Watercress (Nasturtium officinale (formerly Rorippa, though evidence now show that they are more closely related to nasturtiums." This family is also identified by the term Cruciferae, meaning "cross-bearing," because the four petals of their flowers often resemble a cross. The other is the...
Plant profiles: Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
By: Dyfed Lloyd Evans
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the lamiaceae (mint) family. Superficially, it looks like a low-growing form of common garden mint. Like all members of the mint family, the stems have a characteristic square cross section. The leaves are opposite...
Mushroom profiles: Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)
By: Christyl Rivers
When one thinks of an Fly agaric mushroom, fairy folk, Santa’s elves, and leprechauns come to mind. But this very beautiful, white spotted on bright red umbrella capped Toadstool, can be lethally toxic. Ancient people’s, especially shamans and druids; have used the potent...
By: Jane Grimshaw
The fly agaric, or fly Amanita, is an iconic mushroom known for its toxicity and hallucinogenic properties. This fairy tale mushroom was officially named and recorded by Swedish botanist Carl Linneus in 1753, where it was listed in his Species Plantarium - a binomial system...
By: Claudia Reynolds
The American chestnut tree (Castanea dentata) was once the undisputed king of the forest, its reign spreading down the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida and covering territory as far west as the Ohio Valley. Its regal beauty was the inspiration for poets, artists and...
Plant profiles: Trapper's tea (Ledum glandulosum)
By: Safa
Trapper’s tea, also known as Western Labrador tea, belongs to the botanical family Ericaceae. Formerly, it was scientifically referred to as Ledum glandulosum, which has now been changed to Rhododendran neoglandulosum. Trapper’s tea is an evergreen shrub native to the U.S., commonly...
By: Nancy Browne
One of the fastest growing poplar trees in North America, the black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) grows approximately 100 ft. tall, and can live 100-200 years. It is the largest hardwood tree of its species, commonly known as Black Poplar. The trees grow on the west...
By: Shannon Farlouis
The silver birch (Betula Pendula) is a very attractive tree that has white peeling bark. This tree has been a true inspiration to many people like artists, poets and writers. This is a broad-leaf tree and it is a deciduous. It can grow to an...
By: Shannon Farlouis
The Mountain hemlock (Tsuga Mertensiana) is a member of the pine tree family. It is a very slow-growing tree that grows on cold, snowy sub-alpine sites. Some of these trees grow to be more than 800 years old. They add unique beauty to many mountain...

 

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