A Swiss team, led by scientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), has discovered the internal thermometer of seeds that can delay or even block germination if temperatures are too high for the future seedling.
Stop the presses. The bizarre Fairy Lanterns plant, a plant that obtains nutrients from other organisms and bypasses photosynthesis, has been rediscovered.
Plants were once thought to only rely on green leaves and photosynthesis. However, some plants, such as the genus Thismia, have abandoned this process and obtain nutrients from other organisms. This unique feature and its complete lack of photosynthesis make the fairy lanterns one of the strangest plants in the world.
New research reveals how plant roots change their shape to branch out for water.
Researchers have discovered how plant roots adapt their shape to maximize their uptake of water, pausing branching when they lose contact with water and only resuming once they reconnect with moisture, ensuring they can survive even in the driest conditions.
Goa bean – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, (and other uses) for survival.
The edible Goa bean (also known as Winged Bean, Asparagus Pea, Four-angled Bean, or Winged Pea) is a climbing plant that may cover small shrubs and trees.
Oh my, I hate it when that happens…
A magnificent collection of weird and wonderful trees
Arbol del Tule located in the town center of Santa Maria del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Believed to have the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world. DNA tests revealed that it is indeed a single tree. The Boab Prison Tree in Australia was used in the 1890’s to lockup prisoners…
It’s not an illusion, the lips on this plant are real. Meet the Hooker Lips plant.
Yes, this plant is real and not photoshopped. The Psychotria Elata plant is commonly known as Hooker Lips or the Hot Lips Plant for the shape of its bright red bracts that resemble two luscious lips. Found in the tropical rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador,…
Oleander – how to identify this poisonous plant and diagnose/treat poisoning.
The poisonous Oleander shrub (or small tree) grows to about 9 meters (27 feet), with alternate, very straight, thick, leathery, dark green, long (2-8 inches), narrow (1 inch), lance-shaped leaves.
The Poisonous Death camas (death lily) plant looks like an onion.
The poisonous Death Camas (or Meadow Deathcamas) plant arises from a bulb and may be mistaken for an onion plant. Its leaves are long and grass-like. The bulbs look like onions but do not smell like onions.
Chinaberry tree – how to identify this poisonous plant and diagnose/treat Chinaberry poisoning.
The poisonous Chinaberry tree (also known as bead-tree, Persian lilac, white cedar, Texas umbrella, pride of India, or Cape lilac) has a round, spreading crown and grows up to 14 meters (42 feet) tall. It has alternate, compound (odd-pinnate) leaves with toothed (serrated margins) leaflets that are dark green on top and light green underneath.