Category Archives: Amazing Plants

0213001849

Food Source For Marginal Farmers, If It Doesn’t Poison Them

Scientists believe they have discovered a protein-rich starch staple in the yam bean in Peru.

0213001849

Lost and Found Orchid

It is described, in various reports, as smelling like stinky feet, sweaty clothing and a horse corral on a hot afternoon.

0213001849

Why Sunflowers Do Math Better Than We Do

Scientists have puzzled over this pattern of plant growth for hundreds of years. Why would plants prefer the golden angle to any other? And how can plants possibly ‘know’ anything about Fibonacci numbers?

0213001849

Walk If You Want But Plants Prefer to Fly

Celebrated in Buddhist temples and cultivated for its wood and cottony fibers, the kapok tree now is upsetting an idea that biologists have clung to for decades: the notion that African and South American rainforests are similar because the continents were connected 96 million years ago.

0213001849

A Plant Needs Its Sister

New research shows that at least one species recognizes its kin, and becomes much more aggressive in soaking up resources if the guy growing next to it is a member of the same species, but a total stranger. But if it's a sibling, it backs off.

0213001849

Marine Plants That Create Sand

Its a unique plant in a number of ways, but one that’s quite interesting is its production of rock

0213001849

The Most Alien Looking Place On Earth

Unbelieveable flora from the island of Socotra

0213001849

How Does A Plant Know To Defend Itself?

Sensing attack, plants frequently generate toxins, emit volatile chemicals to attract the pests natural enemies, or launch other defensive tactics.

0213001849

A Plant Needs Its Father And Its Mother

One widespread sexual strategy that remains an evolutionary enigma is the production of both male and bisexual flowers in the same plant, which occurs in approximately 4000 species. What is the advantage of producing these redundant male flowers? … producing male flowers can make a plant a better mother.

0213001849

Plants Are Not Animals… and vice verse

As it happens, plants are not only alive in their own right. They are also the basis of virtually all life on earth, including ours.