By: Kimberly Napier
The Laurel family includes about 55 genera and about 4,000 species. The plants from this family may be found anywhere from mountainous areas to the subtropics. This family includes the plants of sassafras, cinnamon, avocado and bay. Sassafras The sassafras is a deciduous tree...
The pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba) of eastern North America
By: Kimberly Napier
The Asimina triloba is commonly known as the pawpaw, paw paw, paw-paw or common pawpaw. The pawpaw belong to the same family as the ylang-ylang, sour sop and the custard-apple. It is native to eastern, southern and Midwestern United States. In nature, this tree can...
By: Michael Totten
Executive Order 13112 defines an invasive plant as a non-native species "whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health." The National Invasive Species Management Plan concentrates on non-native plants which do not provide a benefit...
Lifecycle of the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
By: Imonikhe Ahimie
The coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, also known as the California redwood and the giant redwood is an evergreen, long-lived monoecious[1] tree. The species, which is one of the longest lived of all living things (1200 years to 1800 years) on earth, also includes the tallest...
By: Lisa Hossler
Legends and facts about the lily of the valley Lily of the valley may be the official flower of May Day, the time of year when the winter officially becomes summer, the dark days turn to light, and people come out of doors. While May...
California dogface butterfly, Zerene eurydice, the California state insect
By: Imonikhe Ahimie
On 28th July 1972, Ronald Reagan, then governor of the State of California, signed into law the (California) Assembly Bill No. 1834. The law (California Government Code, Title 1, Division 2, Chapter 2, Section 424.5) provides as follows: the California dogface butterfly (Zerene eurydice)...
Is the loss of hearing in mice correlated to the loss of hearing in humans?
By: Nick Somoski
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have identified a gene that is required for proper development of the inner ear of mice. Researchers first hypothesized that the fibroblast growth factors sensory (FGF20) had a direct correlation to the loss of hearing in mice. They...
How scientists have grown plants from 30,000-year-old fruit
By: Elizabeth M Young
The idea of starting ancient life from ancient seeds has not always been the stuff of science fiction. Scientists have induced ancients seeds to grow and produce flowers and fruit before, but a recent experiment has broken all records. The process is called viable regeneration...
Legends and facts about the lily of the valley
By: Kimberly Napier
The Convallaria majalis, or the Lily of the Valley, is a woodland flower that is native to the Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe. There are also a few that are native to the Eastern United States. This delicate flower is also poisonous. The lily...
Surprising facts about aphids
By: Samuel Kiranga
Aphids are a tiny family of insects with a body length that ranges between one millimeter and one centimeter. Despite their size, aphids are recognized widely as lethal and highly destructive pests. They feed on plants and not only do they steal vital nutrients from...

 

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