Local Council Is 'Sorry' After Planting a Bunch of Trees on a Soccer Field. In Logie Durno, in the council area of Aberdeenshire in northwest Scotland, local children, as they frequently do across the world, sometimes like to play soccer.
Fields there (known as pitches across the pond) are available for just this use, but recently residents were startled to find that a bunch of fruit trees had been planted on one of them, directly between two sets of goal posts. All of which prompted a few ridiculous-looking pictures (like the one you see above) to spread across social media. The trees had been planted by the Aberdeenshire Council, in what they told the BBC was part of a “biodiversity” initiative. But they did so apparently without consulting locals, who were confused and angry. “Unless Aberdeenshire Council has added the trees for extra dribbling practice, I think it’s ridiculous,” a community worker told the Evening Express.
Botanical gold: frankincense and myrrh – Botanics Stories. Boswellia sacra (frankincense) in Oman Frankincense and myrrh have an almost mystical place in our psyche at this time of year and both can be best be descibed, if unflatteringly, as non-timber forest products.
While frankincense and myrrh are strongly associated with the story of Jesus both have long been revered from Ancient Greece and Egypt, used in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths and were traded eastward in antiquity with India and China for incense and medicinal purposes. Frankincense is the white resin extracted from species of the genus Boswellia, which grow in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India. The resin from Boswellia sacra from Somalia, Oman and Yemen, is considered to be the finest and most aromatic. The resin is also known as olibanum, from the Arabic al-lubān. Rare Plant Named After Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix. California researchers have named a newly discovered rare plant after Jimi Hendrix.
The plant, found in Baja California, Mexico, has been christened Dudleya hendrixii , or "Hendrix's liveforever. " Liveforevers are a kind of succulent with enormous lifespans. This one is a stalky plant less than a foot tall with pinkish-white flowers that dies in summer and re-sprouts in fall. San Diego State University says a former graduate student, Mark Dodero, discovered the plant — supposedly while listening to Hendrix's song "Voodoo Child. " The university says Dodero and Stephen McCabe of the University of California, Santa Cruz, decided to name it for the late rock guitarist. A Wandering Botanist: Common Names. Nobody regulates common names.
That's one of the reasons for scientific names. The rule on scientific names is: each organism has one and only one name, not shared with any other organism. Common names don't obey either of those rules. I wrote previously about multiple common names for the same plant. The Benefits of Houseplants — In Defense of Plants. I don't know about you, but I find indoor gardening to be just as satisfying and intellectually stimulating as any amount of outdoor gardening.
Coming from a temperate climate, I don't think I would be able to survive the long winters if it were not for my houseplants. The benefits to keeping plants in the home as well as the office are numerous and range the spectrum from improving air quality to diminishing stress and aiding in healing. Feedly. Read more, know more. A Wandering Botanist: Plant Story. Evolving For City Life — In Defense of Plants. Urban environments pose unique challenges to any plant.
Cities are generally warmer, have significantly higher CO2 levels, and experience altered levels of disturbance and precipitation patterns than do rural areas nearby. Still, many plants have taken to these concrete jungles, popping up wherever they can eke out an existence. Although we are not reinventing ecological principals in urban areas, they nonetheless present distinct selective pressures on every living thing within their jurisdiction. Evidence now suggests that urban environments are actually shaping the evolution of at least some plant species. Feedly. Read more, know more. Feedly. Read more, know more.
Theconversation. Turn away from your computer screen for a moment and try to remember what you saw in the image below.
The image has an equal number of plants and animals, but chances are that you remembered more animals than plants. This bias in memory is part of a phenomenon known as “plant blindness”. Research shows that people are also generally more interested in animals than plants, and find it harder to detect images of plants compared with images of animals.
Plant blindness is more than an interesting quirk of human perception. It impacts on our efforts to care for and understand plant species. Rediscovery Brings a Small Plant Back from Extinction — In Defense of Plants. De-extinction is an exciting premise.
Whereas the topic largely rests in the minds of hopeful scientists and Jurassic Park dreamers, occasionally a species is brought out of the extinction bin and ushered back into reality. This is a rare occurrence indeed but one worth celebrating. We don't get many second chances after all. The recent rediscovery of a small species of buckwheat affectionately called the Mount Diablo buckwheat (Eriogonum truncatum), offers us one such second chance. Discovered in 1862 on Mount Diablo, a rugged peak located just east of San Francisco, this tiny annual wouldn't readily catch the eye of most passers by. Everything changed for the Mount Diablo buckwheat in 2005. The situation drastically changed for the Mount Diablo buckwheat in May of 2016. Feedly. Read more, know more. Here are the fruits on my saskatoon--you might know them service berries or June berries.
In the East you might call this a shadbush. Robins don't argue over the names, they just gobble the fruits down.To entertain with the stories I love, I have to identify the plant. Alien Plants — In Defense of Plants. Confession: I am a huuuge science fiction nerd.
That's right, when I am not reading and writing about botany or ecology, I like to unwind with the works of authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and David Gerrold. By and large my favorite sci fi topics are those dealing with aliens. Pondering alien ecology and culture is one of the best thought experiments.
Fungi. Gardens/Horticulture. Intriguing Plants. Moss. Weeds. Plant Lives. Anna Laurent » Botanic Notables. The four types of plants. Knowing Plants Means Feeling at Home in the World. Naming Plants. More than once, I’ve heard botanists express a dislike for common plant names—viewing them as inferior. I understand why, to an extent: common names aren’t as precise as botanical names. “Bee plants,” for example, is a common name for all kinds of plants that attract bees, and those plants can vary from place to place depending on whether or not they grow there.
A Latin name is more exacting. If you type “bee plant “ into Google, what comes up is Cleome serrulata, commonly translated as “Rocky Mountain Bee Plant.” The problem is that there are other “bee plants” too. Personally, I love the common names, especially of older plants. CHRISTMAS LECTURES 2009 - The 300 Million Year War. Over the past 300 million years, plants have had to put up a fight against everything from dinosaurs to hungry caterpillars. But their startling array of defence mechanisms - including poisonous chemicals and cunning ways of communicating with allies - tell us they’re not as helpless as they look. In this series of five lectures, Professor Sue Hartley explores the fight between plants and their predators, revealing the tricks plants hold up their sleeves, and how much of our daily lives - from our food to our drugs - is a by-product of this great war.
Sue explains the way plants have evolved to defend themselves, and how herbivores have evolved to overcome this in return. We also see how modern agricultural methods are allowing us to manipulate plants to suit our own needs, and how the changes in our climate may ultimately determine whether it is plants or animals that win the war. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Humble plants that hide surprising secrets. Herbaria Are Teaching Us About Climate Change. BERKELEY, Calif. —It is (there is no better way to put this) a dead-plant library. Not a library of books about dead plants—though there are books here, and photos and oil paintings—but of plants themselves. Bamboo Could Be a Savior for Climate Change, Biodiversity.
Advancing Deserts, Biodiversity, Caribbean Climate Wire, Climate Change, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Energy, Environment, Featured, Food & Agriculture, Green Economy, Headlines, IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse, Latin America & the Caribbean, Natural Resources, Projects, TerraViva United Nations, Water & Sanitation The bamboo plant has a very important role to play in environment protection and climate change mitigation. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS - Bamboo Avenue is a two-and-a-half mile stretch of road in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth parish. It is lined with giant bamboo plants which tower above the road and cross in the middle to form a shady tunnel. Bamboo has been part of Jamaica’s culture for thousands of years, but it has never really taken off as a tool or an option to resolve some of the challenges the country faces.
That’s until recently. Director of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Dr. Cycads - The Most Endangered Living Things on Earth - FossilPlants. The Chemistry Of Daffodils. The Sex Lives of Christmas Trees. Flowerlessness. Our Vanishing Flowers. Photo. The Wild Flowers of Spring. How Leaf Veins Changed the World — In Defense of Plants. When we think of the dominance of flowering plants on the landscape, we usually invoke the evolution of flowers and seed characteristics such as an endosperm and fruit. However, evolutionary adaptations in the structure of the angiosperm leaf may have been one of the critical factors in the massive diversification that elevated them to their dominant position on the landscape today.
Leaves are the primary organs used in water and gas exchange. Leaf mysteries revealed through the computer's eye. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A computer program that learns and can categorize leaves into large evolutionary categories such as plant families will lead to greatly improved fossil identification and a better understanding of flowering plant evolution, according to an international team of researchers. Secret Life of Roots. A new exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden here puts a spotlight on the parts of plants typically hidden underground and out of sight. How Little Seeds Shaped Human History in Big Ways. Thor Hanson, author of The Triumph of Seeds was doing fieldwork in Central America when he became fascinated by the seeds of a giant rainforest tree known as the almendro. Seed is Big Business in Development. Extreme survival of seeds on Earth and in space. Mesembryanthemum crystallinum (Aizoaceae) plants growing in Mexico (Image: W.
Stuppy) Extreme survival of dry seeds Dry seeds can be exposed to extreme environmental conditions on Earth and in space, and their survival is known to vary between species. A Visual Compendium of Succulents. Gardening in Space. How plants will keep Martians sane. Be more productive at work, put a plant on your desk. Fascination of Plants Day 2017. How plants function in shade, light. Scientists reveal underpinnings of drought tolerance in plants. How Plants Secretly Talk to Each Other.