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2012-03-30 13:01:38

For more than a century, Vincent Van Gogh's series of paintings depicting overly-bushy sunflowers were thought to be the result of his alleged mental illness at work.

2011-12-14 11:43:44

Scientists have found that the distinctive glossiness of the buttercup flower (Ranunculus repens), which children like to shine under the chin to test whether their friends like butter, is related to its unique anatomical structure.

2011-11-18 03:43:02

A new study of flower petals shows evolution in action, and contradicts more that 60 years of scientific thought.

2010-09-16 17:29:43

What, in nature, drives the incredible diversity of flowers?

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2009-12-19 09:27:06

Dark spots on flower petals are common across many angiosperm plant families and occur on flowers such as some lilies, orchids, and daisies.

2009-01-13 09:00:00

PETAL, Miss., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine that you have just arrived on your night shift and you discover you have several new patients for whom you are responsible. Of those, two speak only Spanish.

2009-01-12 09:00:00

PETAL, Miss., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A partnership between Command Spanish(R), Inc. and ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC, one of the country's leading providers of nursing education, makes the two companies co-providers of job-specific Spanish language instruction for nurses.

2008-06-19 06:00:00

Kutenga, a female African elephant, was only 27 when she collapsed in her stall at the Philadelphia Zoo in 1991 and died despite heroic efforts to get her to her feet, including trying to lift her with the hook from a tow truck.


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Hunnemannia
2014-10-27 10:09:27

Hunnemannia is a genus of flowering plant. The genus is monotypic, meaning it is a group containing only one immediately subordinate species. This flowering plant belongs to the Papaveraceae family. The only single species is H. fumarifolia, commonly known as tulip poppy or Mexican tulip poppy. Hunnemannia is found in the Chihuahuan Desert and central Mexico. The genus is found in the highlands at elevations of 4,921-6,562 feet. The species prefers rocky habitats. Hunnemannia is a...

Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum
2014-01-12 08:01:32

Podophyllum peltatum is a plant species belonging to the Berberidaceae family. The species may also be referred to as Mayapple, Hogapple, Indian apple, Mayflower, Umbrella plant, Wild lemon, Wild mandrake, American mandrake or Devil’s apple. The Podophyllum peltatum is an herbaceous perennial plant, meaning its leaves and stems die down at the end of growing season but the plant as a whole typically lives longer than 2 years. The species emerges in the springtime and slowly withers later...

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2005-06-08 20:47:33

Iris is a genus of flowering plants with showy flowers ranging in color from gold, copper-red or yellow to white, blue, blue-violet, lavender, tan, maroon and purple. Pink and apricot colored irises have also been bred in some species. The name "Iris" can be applied to the genus or to any of the species within it. It is also applied to various subdivisions within the genus. Description There are many species of iris widely distributed throughout the northern temperate zone. Their...

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