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Himalayan Mayapple Podophyllum hexandrum
2014-01-12 07:44:48

Podophyllum hexandrum is a plant species belonging to the Berberidaceae family. The species may also be referred to as the Himalayan mayapple or the Indian mayapple. Podophyllum hexandrum are native to the Himalayan mountain range in Asia. This particular plant species flourishes at lower elevations. Podophyllum hexandrum is a low growing plant. Its leaves may be described as drooping and...

Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus
2014-01-12 07:16:55

Chelidonium majus is an herbaceous plant species. This species is the sole plant that makes up the Chelidonium genus. C. majus is a perennial plant, meaning it typically survives longer than 2 years. The species is native to Europe and western Asia and has recently been cultivated in North America. The species may also be referred to as the Greater celandine or Tetterwort. C. majus stands...

Cyclamen repandum
2014-01-10 14:51:48

Cyclamen repandum is a flowering plant species. The species is a member of the Myrsinaceae family. The name “repandum” is derived from the Latin word, meaning “bent back”. This name refers to the flower’s petals. C. repandum plants can be found in southern Europe and scattered throughout the Mediterranean Islands, specifically in southeastern France, Italy, and Serbia and on...

Ivy-leaved cyclamen Cyclamen hederifolium
2014-01-08 20:50:15

Cyclamen hederifolium is a flowering plant species that belongs to the Myrsinaceae family. It is widely cultivated, and is the most widespread of the Cyclamen species. It is commonly referred to as the Ivy-leaved cyclamen or Sowbread. C. hederifolium is a tuberous plant. A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. It produces roots from its top and sides,...

Persian cyclamen Cyclamen persicum
2014-01-08 20:39:58

Cyclamen persicum is a flowering, herbaceous plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as the Persian cyclamen. C. persicum is a tuberous plant. A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. The flowers and leaves come from buds at the top of the tuber. Roots emerge from the sides and bottom. Wild specimens have heart-shaped leaves that...

Purple cyclamen Cyclamen purpurascens
2014-01-08 20:18:09

Cyclamen purpurascens is a flowering plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as the Alpine cyclamen, European cyclamen, or Purple cyclamen. C. purpurascens is a tuberous plant.  A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. The plant’s flowers and leaves come from buds at the top of the tuber. Roots emerge from the sides and bottom C....

Silver vine Actinidia polygama
2014-01-05 10:47:29

Actinidia polygama is a flowering plant species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Silver vine or Cat powder. The plant belongs to the Actinidiaceae family. A. polygama can be found naturally growing in Japan and China. Actinidia polygama vines grow between 16 and 19 feet. Its leaves grow between 2.3 and 5.1 inches long. The species’ leaves appear silver and white in...

Variegated kiwi vine Actinidia kolomikta
2014-01-04 15:22:59

Actinidia kolomikta is a very hardy, flowering vine species. The species belongs to the Actinidiaceae family and may also be referred to commonly as the Variegated kiwi vine. A. kolomikta can be found in Russia, Korea, Japan and China. Actinidia kolomikta vines are fast-growing and reach between 26 and 33 feet. The plant produces fragrant, white flowers that can be seen blooming in early...

Fuzzy kiwifruit Actinidia deliciosa
2014-01-04 15:04:48

Actinidia deliciosa is a fruiting vine species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Fuzzy kiwifruit or Mangueyo. A. deliciosa is a member of the Actinidiaceae family and can be found in growing naturally in southern China. A. deliciosa is technically a climbing shrub or twining vine. The plant reaches measurements of 30 feet. Its leaves measure between 2.9 and 4.9 inches long...

Hardy kiwi Actinidia arguta
2014-01-04 14:34:30

Actinidia arguta is a very hardy, perennial vine species. The plant produces a small fruit that gives the species its common names: Hardy kiwifruit, Kiwi berry, Arctic kiwi, Baby kiwi, Desert kiwi, Grape kiwi, Northern kiwi and Cocktail kiwi. A. arguta is a member of the Actinidiaceae family. The plant can be found growing in Japan, Korea, Northern China and Russian Siberia. A. arguta fruits...

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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