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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...

Santa Cruz Water Lily Victoria cruziana
2014-01-14 17:40:04

Victoria cruziana is a tropical water lily species. The species may also be referred to as the Santa Cruz water lily, the Water platter or the Yrupe. V. cruziana is a member of the Nymphaeaceae family. The plant is found in South America, specifically Argentina and Paraguay. The very first known V. cruziana species was discovered in Bolivia. Specimens were collected and sent to France where...

Victoria amazonica
2014-01-14 17:25:27

Victoria amazonica is large species of water lily plant. In fact, the species is the largest known plant in its family, the Nymphaeaceae family. V. amazonica is native to the Amazon River basin. The plant flourishes in shallow waters, specifically oxbow lakes and bayous. The very first publication of the plant’s classification was in 1837. John Lindley named the species from specimens brought...

Pygmy Rwandan Water Lily Nymphaea thermarum
2014-01-14 16:38:56

Nymphaea thermarum is a small species of water lily plant. The species is actually the smallest known species in its genus. N. thermarum belongs to the Nymphaeaceae family. The plant is native to the muddy waters of an overflowing freshwater hot spring in Mashyuza, Rwanda. Up until recently the plant was considered extinct in its native habitat; however, it has been cultivated from seed at The...

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.