Category Archives: Amazing Plants

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Dodder: Plant on Plant Violence

It's probably one of the creepiest plants I know," says [Swarthmore College biology professor Colin Purrington]. "It's a horrible existence for the host plant. If plants could scream, they'd have the loudest screams when they had dodder attached.

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One Plant Species, Two Different Pollinators — Where’s This Headed?

…The future of red and yellow varieties of a San Diego wildflower may depend on the fates of two different animals.

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Orange Snapdragons Pit "Evolutionists" against "Creationists"

If Darwin's theory of natural selection fails because critical intermediates — such as these elusive orange snapdragons — perform no function for selection to preserve, then God Himself would have to intervene to help yellow become magenta and vice versa.

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Newly Discovered Orchid Does Without Pollinators

Scientists have discovered an orchid that never needs to get a date — it can fertilize itself by performing a sexual act never before seen in flowers.

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Dioecious Species Crowd Out Monoecious Relatives

Historical records show that, over the last 40 years, the males and females are rapidly displacing the hermaphrodites and moving south.

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What Can YOU Do in Half a Millisecond?

Like a medieval catapult, the bunchberry dogwood shoots pollen grains into the air faster than the Venus flytrap can snap its jaws shut, giving this launcher the speed record for plants.

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Venus Flytrap Mechanics Revealed

As a vegetarian, it is nice to think about plants that eat animals rather than the other way around!

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Explosive Dwarf Mistletoe

These plants are extremely prolific and the explosive discharge mechanism assures that the seed is distanced from the source, but is not moved so far that it is unlikely to leave the stand of host conifers.

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What We Can Do For Pollinators

Since pollination is essential to crop and plant life, the Convention on Biological Diversity has adopted the International Pollinators Initiative to promote the conservation and sustainable use of pollinator diversity in agriculture and related ecosystems.