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Genuflecting Plant Discovered In Brazil
2011-09-21 04:06:32

  Rutgers scientist part of international team to unearth unique tropical species A new plant that buries its seeds, the first in its family, is discovered in the Atlantic forest of Bahia, Brazil, by an international team of scientists. The new species, appropriately named Spigelia genuflexa, displays a particular and rare characteristic that gives it its name. After fruits are formed, the fruiting branches "bend down," depositing the capsules with seeds on the ground and...

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2011-09-14 19:02:49

Species exploration using off-the-grid solar energy, Internet, and digital cameras reveals hidden surprises José Carlos Mendes Santos (a.k.a. Louro) is a handyman in rural northeastern Bahia, Brazil - one of the areas of the world with the highest biodiversity. Two years ago, he found a tiny, inch-high plant with white-and-pink flowers in the backyards of the off-the-grid house of amateur botanist and local plant collector Alex Popovkin. The little plant was brought home to be...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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