The differences between American ginseng and Asian ginseng
By: Andrew Chai
Ginseng is a perennial plant (a plant that lasts for more than two years in life) with roots, both of which are slow growing. Ginseng is used in the the Western and the Eastern world, although it is only found in the northern hemisphere, with...
By: Blaise Pascal
The phylum Bryophyte comprises all land plants (embryophytes) which are non-vascular. The non-vascular means that the plants of this type do not have the vascular tissue of other plants that is used to circulate liquids throughout the plant. These plants also reproduce using spores and...
Plant profiles: Harebell
By: Annie Haycock
The harebell, also known as "bluebell" in Scotland, is a rather delicate, pale blue perennial wildflower. In 2004, it was declared the official County flower of Dumfriesshire (Scotland), Yorkshire (England) and County Antrim (Northern Ireland). Its name comes from an old folk belief that witches...
Best books for biology majors
By: Helena Whyte
If you are looking for a good book to give to a biology major, there are a lot of good books to choose from in both the nonfiction and fiction genres. Recent nonfiction titles discussing current discoveries in genetics and evolution include "Drawing the Map...
The theory of evolution explained
By: Christyl Rivers
Evolution is the not only a fact of life, it is the basic fact of all life. We all are made of the Universe, yet humans often seem to forget that we are part of creation. We do not deny we are made of water...
By: Amelia Emery
Frogs belonging to the Myobatrachidae family are unique and are only found in Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania. This family includes up to 100 species that are both currently living and extinct. All species of frogs of this family are terrestrial and can be found...
By: Amelia Emery
Ranidae is one of the five families of frogs and toads that belong to the order Anura. Known as the true frogs, there are over 600 species of frogs found world wide that are part of this family. The remaining four families include Ascaphidae (the...
By: Annie Haycock
The tall, robust spikes of purple loosestrife commonly grow in wet ditches and pond margins. However, away from its native Europe and Asia, the plant has become a pest, spreading rapidly along waterways. The name lose-strife is said to be a literal translation of the...
Plant profiles: Rosebay Willowherb
By: Gemma L. Reece
From June to September, the countryside is patterned with swathes of pink courtesy of the plant Rosebay willowherb or Fireweed as it is also known, with flowers over a metre high, this striking plant is native throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere. It is sometimes considered...
Plant profiles: Rosebay Willowherb
By: Annie Haycock
The bright pink spikes of rosebay willowherb are a common sight on roadsides and waste ground from June to September. Its alternative name of Fireweed derives from its ability to very quickly colonise ground that has been burnt. It quickly colonised parts of European cities...

 

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