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Custurd Apple Annona squamosa
2014-02-15 09:31:56

Annona squamosa is a large shrub/small tree speices. The plant belongs to the Annonaceae family. A. squamosa is one of the most widely cultivated plants in the family. Annona squamosa plants may grow anywhere from 9 to 26 feet tall, its tree or shrub classification is dependent on the plants size in height. It has many branches that may be broad, open crown or spreading. The species produces...

Bitter Wood Xylopia aethiopica
2014-02-15 09:14:43

Xylopia aethiopica is an evergreen tree species. Its Greek name can be translated to mean “bitter wood”. The species belongs to the Annonaceae family. Xylopia aethiopica trees are often found growing up to 66 feet tall. You may also hear the plant more commonly referred to as Grains of Selim. X. aethiopica is indigenous to Africa, specifically growing in lowland rainforests and fringe...

Common Wilkiea Wilkiea huegeliana
2014-02-15 08:54:49

Wilkiea huegeliana is a common rainforest plant from the Monimiaceae family. It is commonly referred to by such names as Common Wilkiea, Tetra beech and Veiny Wilkiea. Although originally described by Louis René Tulasne, it was given its current official name by Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle. W. huegeliana grows as a shrub or small tree that can reach a height of 25 feet. It has a stem...

Black Pepper Piper nigrum
2014-02-15 08:34:58

Piper nigrum is a flowering vine species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as Black Pepper. The species belongs to the Piperaceae family. It is indigenous to south India; however the plant is widely cultivated worldwide. The fruit, often referred to as its drupe, is sought after and dried. The spice or seasoning is used as the common, table black pepper. To date, Vietnam produces the...

Kava Piper methysticum
2014-02-15 08:17:42

Piper methysticum is a shrub species. The species is more commonly referred to as Kava or Kava-kava. Its Latin name actually means “pepper, intoxicating” The plant is cultivated and used for its sedative and anesthetic properties. P. methysticum is grown vastly in the Republic of Vanuatu, although for some time it was only grown in Hawaii, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia,...

Redbay Persea borbonia
2014-02-15 07:52:34

Persea borbonia is an evergreen tree in the Lauraceae family. The species may commonly be referred to as Redbay, Tisswood, Scrubbay, Shorebay and Swampbay. P. borbonia grows as either a small tree or a large shrub. It contains evergreen leaves that reach between 3 and 6 inches long. They are lance-shaped. They are alternately arranged and give off a spicy smell when crushed. The leaves may...

Avocado Tree Persea americana
2014-02-14 16:17:00

Persea americana is a flowering plant that belongs to the Lauraceae family. It is widely known as the Avocado tree. P. americana is a tree that grows up to 66 feet tall. It has alternately arranged leaves that measure about 5 to 10 inches long. Its flowers are tiny and greenish-yellow, measuring .2 to .4 inches in diameter. The tree’s popular, pear shaped green fruit measures 2.8 to 7.9...

Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipfera
2014-02-14 15:44:22

Liriodendron tulipifera is a large tree from the Magnoliaceae family. It is commonly referred to as the Tulip tree, American tulip tree, Tulip poplar, Fiddle-tree and Yellow poplar. L. tulipifera is one of the largest indigenous trees in the eastern United States. It has been known to reach heights of 190 feet. Its trunk can reach up to 10 feet in diameter. Ordinarily its height reaches...

Laurel Laurus novocanariensis
2014-02-14 14:59:58

Laurus novocanariensis is a large shrub or tree that belongs to the Lauraceae family. The genus includes 3 species each containing several overlapping characteristics. L. novocanariensis can grow up to 66 feet high. It has aromatic, dark green glossy and leathery leaves, which have small glands in the armpit of the spine. The shrub or tree has lateral veins. It bears small white flowers...

Peruvian Nutmeg Laurelia sempervirens
2014-02-14 11:29:19

Laurelia sempervirens is a large, evergreen tree species. The species may also be commonly referred to as Peruvian nutmeg, Tihue, Trihue, Chilean Laurel or Chilean Sassafras. L. sempervirens belongs to the Atherospermataceae family. The plant can commonly be found growing naturally only in Chile. L. sempervirens plants are found in warm subtropical or tropical habitats. The trees often...

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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