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Napiergrass: A Possible Biofuel Crop For The Sunny Southeast
2012-09-28 12:52:47

A grass fed to cattle throughout much of the tropics may become a biofuel crop that helps the nation meet its future energy needs, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist.

Autumn In New England Losing Its Color
2012-09-26 16:21:23

New England is famous for its fall foliage; the vibrant reds, yellows and oranges that make the forest look like a patchwork quilt and the ground look like it is covered in confetti. And each year, thousands of visitors flock to places like the Massachusetts' Berkshires or Litchfield, Connecticut to take in the majestic beauty of the Earth changing seasons. According to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site at Harvard Forest however, the vibrant...

Sorghum Candidate For Southern Bioenergy Crop
2012-09-17 12:43:34

Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses. But the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as a bioenergy crop, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies suggest.


Latest Flora of the United States Reference Libraries

Dodecatheon pulchellum
2014-12-08 18:47:11

Dodecatheon pulchellum is a perennial, flowering plant species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Pretty shooting star, the Few-flowered shooting star, the Dark throat shooting star and the Prairie shooting star. D. pulchellum is a member of the Primulaceae family. The plant is indigenous to the western United States. D. pulchellum typically grows in is desert environments. The plant is scattered throughout the Great Basin Deserts and the Mojave Desert. D. pulchellum...

Dodecatheon poeticum
2014-12-08 18:23:39

Dodecatheon poeticum is a flowering plant species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Poet’s shooting star or the Narcissus shooting star. Its common names are referring to the plant’s unique flowers. D. poeticum is a member of the Primulaceae family. The plant is indigenous to western North America. D. poeticum grows in woodlands that see plenty of moisture in the springtime and drier summertime months. The plant prefers wide-open areas in direct sunlight....

Dicentra
2014-10-29 11:06:18

Dicentra is a genus of 8 species of perennial herbaceous plants in the Fumariaceae family. The plant may also be referred to as the Bleeding heart. Dicentra plants have bisymmetric, heart-shaped flowers. The two outer petals are spurred at the base and curve backwards at the tip. The two inner petals are straight and connect at the tip. They contain four petals and two tiny sepals. The leaves of Dicentra are contained in a basal rosette. The flowers are grown on leafless stalks. In other...

Dendromecon
2014-10-29 11:01:49

Dendromecon is a genus of shrubs or small trees. The genus may also be referred as the Tree poppy. Dendromecon can be found in California and northern Baja California. Dendromecon plants typically produce evergreen leaves that grow between 3 and 10 centimeters long. Its leaves have a narrow oval shape and taper to a point towards the end. The genus is known to have flowers that are yellow in coloration and shed after pollination. The Dendromecon genus consists of Dendromecon harfordii...

Virginia Pine, Pinus virginiana, pollen cones
2014-05-19 09:44:09

Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) grows in southern New York from Long Island and continues through the Appalachian Mountains to western Tennessee and Alabamain elevations as high as 2953 feet. This tree is also known as the scrub pine, spruce pine, or Jersey pine. The Harvard Arboretum in Boston, MA has cultivated Virginia pine on display. The Virginia pine is a medium sized tree growing from 29.5 – 59 feet tall with some getting as tall as 105 feet in perfect conditions. This tree grows...

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tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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