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European Barberry, Berberis vulgaris
2014-01-12 06:53:32

Berberis is a genus of plant with about 500 species. They are largely evergreen shrubs that measure 3 to 18 feet tall. Several species have become popular garden shrubs, known for features such as its ornamental leaves. Berberis is characterized by dimorphic (having separate male and female) shoots. The long shoots form the structure of the plant while the smaller short shoots measure just .04 to .08 inches long. The leaves on its long shoots have three-spined thorns. From the bud of each...

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 coloration, however during the flowering season its leaves are bright green. A. polygama plants will...

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 summer. After flowering the plant produces long, edible kiwifruits in the early fall months.  Its...

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 and oval or circular in shape. As leaves age, it is common to lose its layer of red hairs that...

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 are edible and don’t require peeling. Its fruit is typically the size of a berry or grape and it...

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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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