By: Katherine Elzer-Peters
The "Theory of Signatures," or "Doctrine of Signatures" is believed to have been started by a German shoemaker, Jacob Bohme, in the sixteenth century. To understand examples from the theory of signatures, first one must understand binomial nomenclature, the official naming system of living...
By: Anne StClair
Theories abound about the origins of eggplants (solanum melongena), which are also known as aubergines and Guinea squash, and have many other names in other languages. Some people claim eggplants originated in South East Asia, others say China, and still others say they came from...
By: I. Ramjohn
Life as we know it could not exist without plants (and other green photosynthetic organisms like cyanobacteria and algae). Plants produce the oxygen upon which most living things depend. Since it is constantly being used for respiration, all living things that use oxygen are supported...
By: I. Ramjohn
While small organisms can transport material from one cell to another by diffusion, this process is too slow for larger organisms. Most plants need to move water and minerals a considerable distance from the roots to the rest of the plant. Similarly, sugars need to...
By: Lime Green Sphere
"The balsam poplars Populus sect. Tacamahaca are a group of about 10 species of poplars, indigenous to North America and eastern Asia, distinguished by the balsam scent of their buds, the whitish undersides of their leaves, and the leaf petiole being round (not flattened) in...
By: Lime Green Sphere
Pines are one of the easiest to identify of the conifers and have a wide variety of uses. As you may already know, pine trees are not a single species, as there are many different species of pines that thrive throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Many...
By: Lime Green Sphere
Cedars are very popular ornamental trees. You likely have one or two growing in your very own backyard. As you may already know, Cedar trees are not a single species, as there are many different species of Cedars that thrive throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Many...
By: Lime Green Sphere
According to a Californian First Nations' myth, many mice hid inside the scales of the Douglas fir tree's cones, which was kind enough to offer sanctuary for them during forest fires. Each of the three-ended bracts of the Douglas fir make the tail and two...
By: Kallie Szczepanski
"Heart-stopping adventure sport" and "botany" aren't words that are commonly found in a single sentence, but that combination is exactly what "The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring" delivers. Author Richard Preston follows a dedicated (and some might say "crazy") band of young...
By: Lime Green Sphere
The secrets of the morel have been sought out for centuries.Where do they grow?When do they make their grand appearances?Indeed, only the morels themselves know the true answers to these questions, but I hope to share with you some helpful general rules...

 

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