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Purpus Cycad Dioon purpusii
2014-01-30 09:28:09

Dioon purpusii is a cycad plant species that also may be referred to as Palma de la virgen, palmita. The species belongs to the Zamiaceae family. Dioon purpusii is native to Oaxaca, Puebla, a very small region in Mexico. Dioon purpusii can be found inhabiting short tree forests or lower oak forests. The species prefers rich soil and moderate temperatures. The plant commonly grows to...

The Chestnut Dioon Dioon edule
2014-01-30 09:05:01

The Chestnut Dioon (Dioon edule) is a species of cycad plant belonging to the Zamiaceae family. The species may also be referred to as Palma de la Virgen. The Chestnut dioon is Native to Mexico; this plant has been around since before dinosaurs roamed the earth.  The species is made up of two subspecies, angustifolium and edule. The palm-like Chestnut Dioon has a blue/green or gray/green...

Queen Sago Palm Cycas rumphii
2014-01-30 08:32:40

Cycas rumphii is a palm-like species of cycad plant. The plant may also be referred to as Queen sago or the Queen sago palm. This species is a member of the Cycadaceae family and is native to the Malesian region. The C. rumphii is a relatively small plant reaching approximately 33 feet. Its trunk is grey with diamond patterned bark and measures up to 16 inches in diameter. Its leaves...

King Sago Cycas revoluta
2014-01-30 08:11:54

Cycas revoluta is a species of seed producing, cycad plant. The species may also be referred to as King sago, Sago cycad or the Japanese sago palm. The plant originated in southern Japan. It is used in the production of sago, a cooking starch or can be displayed as a decorative plant. C. revoluta gets its name from the Latin word meaning “curled back”, referring to its leaves. Its leaves...

Queen Sago Cycas circinalis
2014-01-30 07:56:38

Cycas circinalis is a species of cycad plant. also referred to as the Queen sago. C. circinalis is native to Sri Lanka, although it is a widely cultivated plant. C. circinalis is commonly used for landscape, decorative purposes and may be used as a food source. The plant’s seeds are carefully soaked, ground and used to make flour. You will often find its flour used in tortillas, tamales...

Fire Fern Cycas armstrongii
2014-01-30 07:36:33

Cycas armstrongii is a species of cycad plant also referred to as “Fire fern”. The species belongs to the Cycadaceae family. The Cycas armstrongii species can be found in northwest Australia, specifically in the Northern Territory from the Fississ River to the Arnhem Highway. The species gets its name from the well known plant collector, John Francis Armstrong. Cycas armstrongii have...

Wampus Cat
2014-01-28 15:10:48

The Wampus cat comes from American folklore as a variation of a fierce cougar. It also is compared to the Ewah of Cherokee mythology. In the myth a woman covers herself with the skin of a cougar and spies on the men of the tribe. While the men are telling sacred stories around a fire, she is caught and turned into a half-woman, half-cat by the tribe’s medicine man. The Wampus cat...

The Yellow-striped Caecilian Ichthyophis beddomei
2014-01-28 12:46:46

The Yellow-striped caecilian (Ichthyophis beddomei) is an amphibian species and a member of the Ichthyophiidae family. It may also be referred to as Beddome’s caecilian. The species is native to Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The Yellow-striped caecilian inhabits forest, marshes, scrub, agricultural land and gardens. This amphibian spends most...

Qantuta Cantua buxifolia
2014-01-17 14:18:16

Cantua buxifolia is a flowering plant species. The species may also be commonly referred to Qantu, Qantus or Qantuta or Magic-flower, Magic flower of the Incas, Magic tree and Sacred-flower-of-the-Incas. The plant is a member of the Polemoniaceae family. C. buxifolia can be found in Peru, Bolivia and northern Argentina, specifically in the Yungas. This evergreen shrub species grows...

Mexican Water Lily Nymphaea mexicana
2014-01-17 13:39:59

The Nymphaea mexicana is a flowering plant species. The aquatic species may also be referred to as the Yellow water lily, the Mexican water lily or the Banana water lily. N. mexicana is a member of the Nymphaeaceae family. The plant can be found in the southern US and Mexico. In some cases Nymphaea mexicana has been introduced to non-native, wetland areas out of its normal range and it has...

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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