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Red Nectar — In Defense of Plants. No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

Red Nectar — In Defense of Plants

This flower produces red nectar. Known scientifically as Nescodon mauritianus, this member of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae) grows only on the island of Mauritius. Although it is not alone in producing colored nectar (at least 60 other plant species do so as well) the striking contrast of the red nectar against the blue corolla had botanists wondering what exactly these plants are attracting. Earth - The 9 rarest plants in the world.

We've all heard about the most endangered animals.

Earth - The 9 rarest plants in the world

Creatures like the critically endangered black rhinoceros are famous, and in some cases have been reduced to just a handful of individuals. But what are the most endangered plants? They might not be as exciting or loveable as animals, but they are just as important to the ecosystem – and humanity relies on that ecosystem. Here are nine of the most threatened plants today. They are almost all classed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). A Travelling Botanist: A plant worth its weight in gold! A Travelling Botanist: A plant worth its weight in gold!

A Travelling Botanist: A plant worth its weight in gold!

Posted on Updated on Guest blog series by: Sophie Mogg. Feedly. Read more, know more. Underwater Pollinators — In Defense of Plants. The team was up against a bit of a challenge with this idea.

Underwater Pollinators — In Defense of Plants

A simple visit to a flower doesn't necessarily mean pollination has been achieved. To be an effective pollinator, an animal must a) visit both male and female flowers, b) carry pollen on their bodies, c) effectively transfer that pollen, and d) that pollen transfer must result in fertilization. Feedly. Read more, know more. Life on the ground is tough in the rainforest.

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There is ample competition and extremely fast rates of decomposition. Anything that can give a plant an advantage, however slight, can mean the difference between death and survival. For a recently discovered plant, this means planting its own seeds. The 9 rarest plants in the world. We've all heard about the most endangered animals.

The 9 rarest plants in the world

The 5 Creepiest Ways Plant Diseases Mutate Flowers. Pretty blossoms aren’t immune to the body-morphing, plague-spreading powers of a good microbe.

The 5 Creepiest Ways Plant Diseases Mutate Flowers

Some of the flowers you admire on a spring day might only be blooming, for example, because they’re hostages of a disease. Plant diseases can’t scatter in sneeze droplets like a human virus can. 6 incredible plants you might not have heard of. Discover these tasty, nutritious crops and include them in your diet!

6 incredible plants you might not have heard of

04 Feb 2015 All over the world local varieties of fruit, vegetables and grain are grown. Many are seemingly forgotten or are underutilized despite having outstanding nutritional or taste qualities. Some have good commercial potential and could be an excellent cash crop for a smallscale or family farmers, aimed at the local, regional or international market.

40 of the world's weirdest flowers. In the world of floristry, beauty is a common thing.

40 of the world's weirdest flowers

But as with most things in life, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. #1. Earth - Earth’s most poisonous plants. In 2014, a gardener on a country estate in the UK mysteriously died of multiple organ failure.

Earth - Earth’s most poisonous plants

The cause of his death remains unclear, but an inquest heard evidence suggesting he had been killed by a popular flowering plant, a member of the buttercup family. Trees "eating" things / Boing Boing. Skeleton Flowers. The Chemistry of Stinging Nettles. Chinese medicine plant secrets probed. Image copyright Qing Zhao, Chinese Academy of Sciences Scientists have unravelled one of the secrets of a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese skullcap - known as Huang-Qin - is traditionally used for fever, liver and lung problems. Scientists have discovered that the plant uses a special pathway to make chemicals with potential cancer-fighting properties. They say it is a step towards being able to scale up production to make new drugs.

Prof Cathie Martin, of the John Innes Centre in Norwich, is lead researcher of the study, published in Science Advances. Baobab Trees Attacked by Giant Mammal – Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich. The plan was to hunt antelope, so he rented a skiff, paddled to a nearby East African island, hopped out, and wandered into the woods, when all of a sudden, there it was—a staggeringly enormous, weirdly shaped plant towering over him and looking, one imagines, something like this: Right away this young French explorer, Michel Adanson, put down his gun (“I laid aside all thoughts of sport”) and decided to measure this thing.

“I extended my arms, as wide as I possibly could,” he wrote later, and it took him 13 turns to complete a full rotation. That worked out to roughly 65 feet around at the base. Deeper into the woods he found even bigger ones. Velvet Turtleback. Even when conditions are right, its desert environment can still be quite challenging. Water loss and sun scorch are constant threats. Its cushion-like growth form and fuzzy leaves help reduce water loss as hot, dry winds whip across the region. President Obama’s Lichen – awkward botany. It is a presidential election year in the United States of America and, as per usual, it’s a circus. Prolific coverage of the surrounding events is hard to avoid. President Barack Obama is in the final year of his second term, which means that 8 years ago he was in the same position as today’s presidential hopefuls.

Ultimately Obama was elected President, but during that lively process something else was afoot. Gutta Percha: Tjipetir mystery. Extinct plant species discovered in amber. Image copyright George Poinar Biologists have described a new species of extinct plant, based on two fossil flowers that were trapped in chunks of amber for at least 15 million years. Strychnos electri belongs to the genus whose tropical shrubs, trees and vines are famous for producing the deadly toxin strychnine.

Plants That Are Predators. The Curly-Whirly Plants of South Africa. Meet the litter trappers. Plants that do the unexpected or that don’t conform to stereotype command attention and serve as portals to the diversity of the plant kingdom. Rare African plant signals diamonds beneath the soil. Devil's Claw. Solanum pyracanthos. Rosa omeiensis. Unwinding the Cucumber Tendril Mystery.

Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants. Some Plants Might Protect Themselves with Fake Spiderwebs. While doing field work on plant defenses in Japan, biologist Kazuo Yamazaki kept finding plants that appeared to be covered in spiderwebs. ‘Resurrection Plants’ Spring Back to Life in Seconds. A bee's eye view of flowers. Flowers Viewed in Ultra-Violet Light.