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Allegheny National Forest
2013-10-30 09:24:27

The Allegheny National Forest is a National Forest that can be found in northwestern Pennsylvania. The forest covers 513,175 acres of land. In the forest is the Kinzua Dam, which impounds the Allegheny River to create Allegheny Reservoir. The administrative headquarters for the Allegheny National Forest can be found in Warren. It has two ranger stations, one in Bradford, McKean County and one...

Brown Boronia Boronia megastigma
2009-04-28 13:07:12

Brown Boronia (Boronia megastigma) is a shrub species in the citrus family. Cultivated for its intense aromatic scent, it is the primary source of essential oils in the Boronia species. Reaching a maximum height of approximately 39 inches, the plant features deep green glandular leaves which are also scented. The linear leaves, narrow and thick in shape, are arranged in whorls around slender...

Cinnamon Myrtle Backhousia myrtifolia
2009-04-23 10:51:40

Cinnamon Myrtle can grow up to a height of 33 yards. The leaves are characterized by oval or elliptical shape, 1-3 inches long, with a scent like cinnamon. Flowers originate in panicles with star-shaped blooms. The tiny, papery fruit are shaped like bells. The Cinnamon Myrtle earned its common name in the late 1980s due to the elemicin essential oil it produced which made it particularly...

Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora
2009-04-23 10:35:57

The Lemon Myrtle, Backhousia citriodora, also known as Lemon Scented Ironwood, Sweet Verbena Tree, Sweet Verbena Myrtle, or Lemon Scented Verbena, is a flowering plant native to subtropical rainforests of Queensland, Australia. This plant is classified in the family Myrtaceae and genus Backhousia. It can achieve heights as high as 5 yards, but many times it is smaller. The leaves are a glossy...

Annual Hibiscus Abelmoschus moschatus
2009-02-28 22:36:50

The Annual Hibiscus (Abelmoschus moschatus) also known as Bamia Moschata, Galu Gasturi, Muskdana, Musk mallow, Musk okra, Ornamental okra, Tropical jewel hibiscus, and Yorka okra, is a medicinal plant in the Malyaceae family. It is native to India. Despite being a tropical plant originally, the hibiscus is frost hardy. The seed, known as Ambrette, musk or rose mallow, has a sweet, flowery,...

Blacktip shark
2007-03-13 10:09:47

The Blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus, is a large shark, native to the continental and insular shelves of tropical and warm temperate seas around the world. The Blacktip is a large fairly stout shark, grey in color, normally with black-tipped fins. It has a long, narrow, pointed snout, long gill slits, a large first dorsal fin and fairly large second dorsal. Taxonomy The Blacktip...

Borage Borago officinalis
2009-03-27 17:54:25

The annual herb, Borage, better known as Starflower, originated in Syria, but has been naturalized throughout the Mediterranean region, in addition to Asia Minor, Europe, North Africa and South America. The plant grows to heights of about 2 to 3 feet with bristly stems and leaves. The leaves themselves are alternately arranged and simple, and measure between 2 and 6 inches long. Five...

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