By: Imonikhe Ahimie
Marsupials are one of three broad groups in which mammals are classified, the other two being placental mammals and egg-laying mammals. The term comes from the Greek word for pouch on account of the fact that certain members of this group have pouches which serve...
By: Judy Evans
The Foxtail Palm is endemic to a very small, very remote area of Australia. It is a spectacularly lush and elegant palm which was only discovered comparatively recently. In the late 1970s, specimens were found growing on exposed gravel hilltops on Cape Melville on Cape...
By: Judy Evans
The Chinese Fan Palm (Livistonia chinensis) is a most attractive palm and one of the easiest of the fan-leaf palms to grow. Its elegant, weeping habit and symmetrical canopy give it great value as a decorative specimen. It will thrive almost anywhere and under most...
Why some fish have scales
By: Lea Miller
Everyone knows that some fish have scales. But why? What purpose do the scales serve for the fish? Most scientists believe the primary purpose of scales is to give the fish external protection. Scales come in several types and many sizes. The most common type...
By: Judy Evans
The Queen or Cocos Palm is endemic to South America, occurring naturally from southern Brazil to Argentina. It was once classified as Cocos plumosa under the Cocos genus but is now known as Syagrus romanzoffiana. Syagrus is the genus of palm trees. The queen palm...
By: Judy Evans
The Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis) (also called Majestic Palm) is a most ‘majestic’ palm and draws many favourable comments wherever it is planted. The palms of the Ravenea genus are all endemic to Madagascar and the Comoros. The genus as a group includes small...
By: Judy Evans
The majestic and massive Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia nobilis) belongs to the Genus Bismarckia, which is part of the family Arecaceae. It originated in Madagascar. It is a very impressive, strong growing palm, too big for most modern gardens but ideal as a lawn specimen on...
By: Judy Evans
The pretty Kalanchoe is a succulent with vibrant flowers ranging from red to yellow with all shades in between. Kalanchoes belong to the Crassulaceae (stonecrop) family. Stonecrops are belong to the Sedum genus. There are around 125 species of Kalanchoe, most of which are found...
By: Judy Evans
The Fishtail Palms belong to the genus Caryotis. It gets the name, Fishtail Palm, from the fishtail shape of the leaflets. There are a dozen or so Caryotis species endemic to Asia and the South Pacific. It is the only palm with leaves which have...
By: Judy Evans
The Washington Palm is endemic to the deserts of Mexico and is also known as the Mexican Fan Palm or, sometimes, petticoat palm. It belongs to the tribe Corypheae, subfamily Coryphoideae, genus Washingtonia and species robusta. The Washingtonia robusta is fast-growing, hardy, and tall. In...

 

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