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Roupala
2014-10-14 11:08:49

Roupala is a plant genus that belongs to the Proteaceae family. The woody shrub and tree genus consists of 34 different species. Roupala plants grow approximately 80 feet tall. The plants have simple leaves once matured, however, when young leaves are compound or lobed. The shrub’s many flowers grow in clusters and turn into fruits that contain the plant’s seed. Roupala plants are...

Roupala montana
2014-10-14 11:03:04

Roupala montana is a shrub or small tree species. The species is a member of the Proteaceae family. R. montana can be found from Mexico to Central America and also in Trinidad and Tobago. The tree may be scattered across South America, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and the south of Brazil. Roupala montana can grow anywhere from 3 to 26 feet tall. It is uncommon but an R. montana tree has even...

Lacaune
2014-10-14 11:06:32

The Lacaune is a breed of domestic sheep that originated from the Lacaune region near southern France, from which it was named. Although it is now used for milk production, it once only produced 18.4 gallons during the human milking period each year. The French government established a strict selective breeding program that included rigorous breeding and meticulous record keeping, as well as...

Hog Island Sheep
2014-10-14 10:12:48

The Hog Island sheep is a breed of feral sheep that resides on Hog Island in Virginia. The breed descended from domestic sheep that were brought to the island during the 1700’s. Most likely the sheep used to develop the hog island sheep were modern English sheep, but Merino sheep could have been present on the island. It became feral between the 1930’s and 1940’s after a storm forced the...

Orothamnus
2014-10-13 13:26:23

Orothamnus is a genus of shrub plant. The genus may also be referred to as the Marsh Rose. Orothamnus belongs to the Proteaceae family and its name stems from the Greek words: Oros, meaning mountain and thamnos, meaning bush. An Orothamnus plant can be found growing naturally in the Western Cape Province in South Africa. The species will grow in the mountain ranges of the Kogelberg and...

Orites excelsus
2014-10-13 13:23:35

Orites excelsus is a species of rainforest tree. The species may also be referred to as the Prickly ash, the Mountain silky oak or the White beefwood. This tree is a member of the Proteaceae family. O. excelsus can be found in New South Wales and southeast Queensland. Orites excelsus will typically grow to approximately 100 feet tall. Its trunk is thick with grey or brown bark. Mature leaves...

Leucospermum
2014-10-13 13:20:55

Leucospermum is a genus of shrub plants. The genus may also be referred to as Pincushion or Pincushion Protea and it belongs to the Proteaceae family. Leucospermum consists of over 50 different species. The species that make up Leucospermum live in habitats that range greatly. Some may be found in scrub, forest or they may be found on mountain slopes. Most all of the species in this genus...

Leucadendron argenteum
2014-10-13 13:16:46

Leucadendron argenteum is an evergreen tree species. The species may also be referred to as the Silver tree or the Silver leaf tree. L. argenteum belongs to the Proteaceae family. Its only naturally occurring growth can be found in South Africa, specifically in the Cape Peninsula in Cape Town. The species is currently endangered and is protected in South Africa. The L. argenteum species...

Lambertia formosa
2014-10-13 13:14:04

Lambertia formosa is a shrub species. The species may also be referred to as the Mountain devil. The shrub plant is a member of the Proteaceae family and can only be found naturally growing in New South Wales, Australia. L. formosa shrubs grow best in sandstone-based, sandy or rocky soils.  It is most often found in open forest or heathland habitats. This multistemmed shrub species grows...

Helicia
2014-10-13 13:09:47

Helicia is a genus of about 100 species of shrubs and trees. It is part of the Proteaceae family. The genus name is derived from the Greek word "elix", which refers to its petals that spiral around each other or coil up on themselves at the time that the anthers open. Helicias are small trees generally with some species only shrubs and some species growing to be medium sized trees of about...

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edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.