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.
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.
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.
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.
They’re beautiful when alive but once they shrivel up and die, things get a bit creepy. Meet the Snapdragon flower seed pod which bears the stark appearance of a human skull (or a human face screaming in agony).
The Diphylleia grayi or Skeleton Flower’s large, fizzy green, umbrella-shaped leaves are topped with small clusters of beautiful pearly white flowers that bloom from mid-spring to early summer. Oddly, as the petals of the flowers are soaked with water, they lose their white pigmentation and turn into magnificent crystal-clear flowers. Once they dry out, the…
Making a terrarium, a self-sustainable ecosystem with a living, growing plant inside a sealed bottle, is a pretty easy project and the plant growing inside can survive for decades without any watering or other care. Here’s how you can build a terrarium, or garden in a bottle, on your own.
NASA just released this satellite image of an eerie red glow over the Midwestern and Eastern United States. If your reaction was similar to Geek Slop’s (he threw on his hat and ran to the closet to grab his suitcase), you might think this is a bad thing. It’s not.
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…