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"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change" -The Buddha

Plant Biology. Why manchineel might be Earth's most dangerous tree. The manchineel tree may be endangered, but so is anyone who messes with it.

Why manchineel might be Earth's most dangerous tree

That's because this rare tropical plant, which offers deceptively sweet fruit, is one of the most poisonous trees on Earth. Manchineels are notorious in their native habitats, the sandy soils and mangroves of South Florida, the Caribbean, Central America and northern South America. Many are labeled with warning signs like the one pictured below. Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan. The Japanese love flowers, and wisteria are among their favorites.

Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

Wisteria (known as fuji in Japan) is said to be one of the archipelago's most ancient noted flowering trees, even being described in the collected poems of the Man'yoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves). One of the best places to view fuji flowers is the Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture. Ashikaga Flower Park features lots of blue, white and pink fuji, as well as yellow laburnum (Japanese: kingusari) that look like yellow colored fuji.

Three massive wisteria trellises extend for more than 1000 square meters, in addition to a large trellis of rare double-petaled wisteria. One large fuji tree is 100 years old and its branches are supported to create a huge umbrella of blue fuji flowers. Besides the fuji, you will find many other flowers, restaurants and a shop selling plants and local products. The world's 10 oldest living trees. Flower Skeleton. Ginkgo female reproduction organs. Pine, Fir or Spruce Tree? The red pine is one of three types of pines often seen in Iowa.

Pine, Fir or Spruce Tree?

By Tivon Feeley Extension Forestry Iowa State University The term “conifer,” which describes most of the evergreen trees that are so familiar in the Iowa landscape, includes several species that can be distinguished by a variety of their characteristics, including needles, cones and bark. Is it a pine, a fir or a spruce tree? Following are tips that can be used to identify which is which. Needles Like deciduous trees, conifers can be identified by their "leaves. " To tell spruce and fir trees apart, it helps to know that spruce needles are sharply pointed, square and easy to roll between your fingers. Cones All conifers produce cones, which are incorrectly called pinecones since not all conifers that produce cones are true pines.

Sunlight. Strange plants of Socotra Island. Imagine waking up on the Socotra Island < > and taking a good look around you.

Strange plants of Socotra Island

After a yelp of disbelief, you'd be inclined to think you were transported to another planet - or traveled to another era of Earth's history. The second would be closer to the truth for this island, which is part of a group of four islands, has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth. Cherry Blossom & Kite Festival in DC. Cherry blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

Cherry Blossom & Kite Festival in DC

Wikipedia states, “By chance, Jokichi Takamine, the Japanese chemist who discovered adrenaline, was in Washington with Mr. Midzuno, the Japanese consul to New York City, on April 8. Informed of a plan to plant Japanese cherry trees along the Speedway, Takamine asked if Mrs. Taft would accept an additional 2000 trees, while Midzuno suggested that the trees be given in the name of Tokyo. The town of Biei in Hokkaido, Japan. Pseudanthium. "Flower head" redirects here.

Pseudanthium

For the band, see Flowerhead. What appear to be "petals" of an individual flower, are actually each individual complete ray flowers, and at the center is a dense pack of individual tiny disc flowers. Because the collection has the overall appearance of a single flower, the collection of flowers in the head of this sunflower is called a pseudanthium. A pseudanthium (Greek for "false flower") or flower head is a special type of inflorescence,[1] in which anything from a small cluster to hundreds or sometimes thousands of flowers are grouped together to form a single flower-like structure.

Pseudanthia take various forms. Christmas Tree Statistics - Treetopia. Decorating the family Christmas tree is a cherished tradition for most families that is passed down from generation to generation.

Christmas Tree Statistics - Treetopia

But, while it may seem that everyone’s holiday traditions are the same, there’s a wide diversity of traditions and aesthetic preferences surrounding Christmas. Desert Plant Derives Up To 90% Of Water-Intake From Gypsum Rock. Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds. Play the Rings of a Tree Trunk Like a Record. 10 of the most magnificent trees. How do I love thee, tree?

10 of the most magnificent trees

Most Beautiful Forests in The World. Bluebells in Halle`s forest, Belgium.

Most Beautiful Forests in The World

Forest overgrown with wild garlic in Kaiserstuhl, Germany. Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru landscape photography Tags: lake new zealand.

Lake Tekapo in New Zealand

The Saguaro Cactus and its visitors. In May, Saguaro Cacti form crowns of flower buds on the ends of arms and the main stem. The crown is actually a spiral of more mature buds on the outside, and smaller ones closer to the apical growth spot. The flowers open up a few at a time, so the bloom can go on for several weeks. Any individual flower opens during the night and rarely lasts longer than until noon of the next day. By then the waxy flower starts to wilt. It has almost certainly been visited by several pollinators since Saguaro flowers attract scores of very different animals with great amounts of pollen and nectar,

Green World  "For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. " ~ Martin Luther Photo Credit: GoodFon.ru. 15 Famous Living Trees. There are probably hundreds of famous living trees in the world. They are mostly known because of its location, age, size, unusual appearance, connections with some historical events or because of strange uses by humans. Misty Forest. Cactus Flower. Flowers growing among stumps. Money Trees. As perhaps a companion piece to last week’s skull nickels, here’s yet another thing I had no idea existed. Language of Flowers. Trees and lower vegetation in Flagstaff, AZ. Poppy Pictures  Snowy Trees. Gympie Gympie: Once stung, never forgotten.

MARINA HURLEY'S DEDICATION TO science was sorely tested during the three years she spent in Queensland’s Atherton Tableland studying stinging trees. The entomologist and ecologist’s first encounter with the Gympie-Gympie stinging tree produced a sneezing fit and left her eyes and nose running for hours. Even protective particle masks and welding gloves could not spare her several subsequent stings – one requiring hospitalisation – but that was nothing compared with the severe allergy she developed. “Being stung is the worst kind of pain you can imagine - like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time,” said Marina, who at the time was a postgraduate student at James Cook University investigating the herbivores that eat stinging trees.

“The allergic reaction developed over time, causing extreme itching and huge hives that eventually required steroid treatment. At that point my doctor advised that I should have no further contact with the plant and I didn’t object.” Pollenators, a plant's go-betweens. Daisies and Lavender in Bulgaria. Cocora valley, Colombia. "sunrise through nature`s eyes" Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru nature photography Tags: sunshine tree.

Flowers blown apart. Planting A Pineapple. Did y’all know that you can take this and turn it into… This? And that this will eventually produce… Rain Storm over Tulip Field. "Falling Garden" Mangrove Trees. Mangroves live life on the edge. With one foot on land and one in the sea, these botanical amphibians occupy a zone of desiccating heat, choking mud, and salt levels that would kill an ordinary plant within hours. Yet the forests mangroves form are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth. Wald. The Tunnel Of Trees. Floral still life photography. Bas Meeuws (1974) is a passionate photographer who has given a new twist to the traditional Dutch still life with flowers. Meeuws does not paint his flowers with a brush and oil paints, as his famous predecessors from the 17th century did. His images come from a digital reflex camera.

Painstakingly and with great ingenuity Meeuws processes his pictures of flowers until he has created exactly the right image. The result is a series of unique and layered works of art. Katinka Matson. Exploding Flowers. Gerbera We've all seen flowers beautifully displayed in our local market or flower shop, but never have we seen them exploding like this! Badlands in Bloom. Colorful Flower Feild. The 15 Most Beautiful Flowers In The World.