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2010-09-16 17:29:43

Patterns of flower biodiversity point to the importance of having 'room to grow' What, in nature, drives the incredible diversity of flowers? This question has sparked debate since Darwin described flower diversification as an 'abominable mystery.' The answer has become a lot clearer, according to scientists at the University of Calgary whose research on the subject is published today in the on-line edition of the journal Ecology Letters. Drs. Jana Vamosi and Steven Vamosi of the Department...

2010-08-18 02:54:25

Why do some insect-eating plants like sundews keep their flowers so far away from their traps? New research suggests that it isn't a clever trick to keep pollinators safe, it's about getting pollinated Sex can be complicated at the best of times, but plants have an extra difficulty. If you're a plant who relies on insects to pollinate your flowers and reproduce, you will want your flowerstalks to be long. That way your flowers are on display to insects above the crowd. But if your stalk is...

2010-08-10 16:07:00

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- If Alfred Hitchcock had made a movie to scare pet owners, he might have called it "The Foxtails." Many outdoor animals can suffer from these sharp stickers, warns the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). Foxtails may get lodged around the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, coat, and paws. Pet owners should be aware of the following signs, which may indicate the presence of foxtails: Eye swollen shut or squinting with sticky discharge Sneezing or...

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2010-07-14 07:40:00

Genetic analysis of Guam's cycads shows promising genetic diversity Cycads, "living fossil" descendents of the first plants that colonized land and reproduced with seeds, are rapidly going extinct because of invasive pests and habitat loss, especially those species endemic to islands. But new research on Cycas micronesica published recently as the cover article in Molecular Ecology calls into question the characterization of these plants as relicts (leftovers of formerly abundant organisms),...

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2010-06-25 09:19:55

Some of the molecular machinery that governs flower formation has been uncovered in the daisy-like Gerbera plants. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Plant Biology have published a pair of articles detailing how the complex Gerbera inflorescence is formed and how this process differs from other model plants, such as the more simple flowers of Arabidopsis species. Teemu Teeri, from the University of Helsinki, Finland, worked with a team of researchers to carry out the studies....

2010-06-24 06:40:00

VENICE BEACH, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as the crisis of the Great Depression unlocked the imagination of writers who created the very first superheroes beginning with Superman, contemporary environmental concerns have brought forth Pollen, the first Eco-superhero for the 21st century. And with the epic Gulf of Mexico oil leak offering an uncanny parallel, a heroic character like Pollen would certainly be most welcome today. Based on his book, Pollen and the Ring of Harmony,...

2010-06-22 16:00:00

QIQIHAR, China, June 22 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Forex365, Inc. ("Forex365" or "the Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: FRXTD) today announced that it has completed a share exchange transaction with China Golden Holdings, Ltd. ("China Golden"), a leading regional provider of field seeds and fertilizers in Northeastern China, and closed a $2.5 million private placement financing on June 17th, 2010. The newly public company is quoted on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol...

2010-06-16 22:18:21

In an effort to assess ties between birds' feeding habits and the spread of nonnative invasive plants, researchers provided ornithologists from four U.S. states with questionnaires on daily bird-plant encounters. The 1,143 unique interactions reported by the birders laid the groundwork for a study on the role of native birds in the seed dispersal of invasive plants throughout the U.S. Clare Aslan and Marcel Rejmánek of the University of California, Davis mailed questionnaires to more...

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2010-06-16 14:26:24

The world is a cooler, wetter place because of flowering plants, according to new climate simulation results published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The effect is especially pronounced in the Amazon basin, where replacing flowering plants with non"“flowering varieties would result in an 80 percent decrease in the area covered by ever"“wet rainforest. The simulations demonstrate the importance of flowering"“plant physiology to climate regulation in...

2010-06-16 13:55:47

The world's oldest known example of a fig wasp has been found on the Isle of Wight. The fossil wasp is almost identical to the modern species, proving that this tiny but specialized insect has remained virtually unchanged for over 34 million years. The fossil isn't a new find but was wrongly identified as an ant when it was first discovered in the 1920s. Fig wasp expert at the University of Leeds, Dr Steve Compton, was called in to study the fossil when the late Dr Mikhail Kozlov spotted the...


Latest Plant morphology Reference Libraries

California spicebush, Calycanthus occidentalis
2014-02-07 08:42:40

Calycanthus is a genus of flowering plant found in North America. The plant belongs to the Calycanthaceae family. It is commonly known as the Sweetshrub. The genus includes 2 species that are accepted by the Flora of North America and 2 that may or may not be, depending on taxonomic interpretation. Calycanthus is a shrub that grows around 6 to 12 feet tall. The plant contains entire and opposite leaves measuring 2 to 6 inches long and .8 t0 2.5 inches wide. Its flowers bloom in early...

Persian cyclamen, Cyclamen persicum
2014-01-08 20:39:58

Cyclamen persicum is a flowering, herbaceous plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as the Persian cyclamen. C. persicum is a tuberous plant. A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. The flowers and leaves come from buds at the top of the tuber. Roots emerge from the sides and bottom. Wild specimens have heart-shaped leaves that grow as long as 6 inches. They are usually green in color, with a light green marbling effect on the...

Kelp Forest
2013-04-19 19:29:03

Kelp forests are areas that are underwater with a high density of kelp. They’re recognized as one of the most dynamic and productive ecosystems on Earth. Smaller regions of anchored kelp are known as kelp beds. Kelp forests can be found worldwide throughout polar and temperate coastal oceans. In the year 2007, kelp forests were discovered in tropical waters near Ecuador as well. While they are physically formed by brown macroalgae of the order Laminariales, kelp forests offer a unique...

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2009-06-17 12:38:51

The Lily of the Nile or Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is a species of plant native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. It has been introduced to Western Australia where it occurs in high periodical water tables and sandy soil. Several hybrids have been established and introduced to other areas around the world. Some hybrids are more suited to cooler climates. One hybrid, Crowborough, grows better in the British Isles and the northwestern United States than it...

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2009-06-17 12:28:21

The Coco (Fagara coco or Zanthoxylum coco) is a species of evergreen tree native to Argentina and Bolivia. It grows in wild, mostly hilly, spinniferous (thorny or spiny) forests. Its habitat is found along the hilly forest of the Sierra Pampeana. This plant is found either in small isolated groups or standing alone. Other common names for this plant are cochucho or "smelly sauco". The Coco is a medium sized tree ranging from 20 to 26.25 feet tall. Its foliage is abundant and has paired...

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