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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. 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. [via Japan Guide and LiveInternet] The world's 10 oldest living trees. Flower Skeleton. In the terrifying wake of 2011 the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, funerals become a commonplace ordeal as the nation dealt with unprecedented loss.

Flower Skeleton

Like most cultures, Japanese funerals are somber affairs punctuated with black and white with any deviation considered taboo or inappropriate. Reflecting on the enormity of recent events, funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei approached Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO to create an ad for a trade show that would buck the trend of muted colors so prevalent in the industry. The agency responded with this unprecedented figure of a skeleton made with pressed flowers that overtly celebrates the cycle of life by introducing color and elements of nature that are often avoided in such services. The image was considered so successful it went on to win a design merit award from the 2013 One Club Awards.

You can see it in even higher resolution here. Female Ginkgo reproductive 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.

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. The climate is harsh, hot, and dry, and yet - the most amazing plant life thrives there.

Situated in the Indian Ocean 250 km from Somalia and 340 km from Yemen, the wide sandy beaches rise to limestone plateaus full of caves (some 7 km in length) and mountains up to 1,525 metres high. Cherry Blossom & Kite Festival in DC. Cherry blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

Cherry Blossom & Kite Festival in DC

The town of Biei in Hokkaido, Japan. Pseudanthium. "Flower head" redirects here.


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. Who spends the most on Christmas trees? What colors are most popular? How long do they keep the same tree? And how many trees do they put out? We analyzed both industry and internal data to investigate how people celebrate Christmas differently across the United States. Each state has a distinctive taste in Christmas trees. In every state, the single most popular color for an artificial christmas tree is green, though there’s more to the story than that. White trees tend to dominate the midwest and south, while some northeastern states prefer silver. The 9 Rarest Plants in the World. We've all heard about the most endangered animals.

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. Forest overgrown with wild garlic in Kaiserstuhl, Germany. Desert Plant Derives Up To 90% Of Water-Intake From Gypsum Rock. Conium maculatum. Conium maculatum (hemlock or poison hemlock) is a highly poisonous perennial herbaceous flowering plant in the carrot family Apiaceae, native to Europe and North Africa.[2] Description[edit] It is a herbaceous biennial plant that grows to 1.5–2.5 m (5–8 ft) tall, with a smooth, green, hollow stem, usually spotted or streaked with red or purple on the lower half of the stem.

Conium maculatum

All parts of the plant are hairless (glabrous). The leaves are two- to four-pinnate, finely divided and lacy, overall triangular in shape, up to 50 cm (20 in) long and 40 cm (16 in) broad. Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds. For thousands of years, Judean date palm trees were one of the most recognizable and welcome sights for people living in the Middle East -- widely cultivated throughout the region for their sweet fruit, and for the cool shade they offered from the blazing desert sun. Play the Rings of a Tree Trunk Like a Record. 10 of the most magnificent trees. How do I love thee, tree? Most Beautiful Forests in The World. Bluebells in Halle`s forest, Belgium. From late April to early May a few acres of woodlands are covered by a splendid carpet of wild bluebell hyacinths. Photo by: Raimund Linke Thick grove of poplar trees, Oregon. 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. 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. 15 Famous Living Trees. 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. Apparently in several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees. 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. 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. Time After Time & Blow Up [2007] Planting A Pineapple. Rain Storm over Tulip Field. Random photo Submit your photo. "Falling Garden" Mangrove Trees. Wald. The Tunnel Of Trees. Floral still life photography. Katinka Matson.

Exploding Flowers. Badlands in Bloom. Colorful Flower Feild. The 15 Most Beautiful Flowers In The World.