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2008-07-17 14:51:54

Efforts underway to save thousands of orchid species from extinction Borneo (Kalimantan) is the third largest island in the world. It is rich with a variety of indigenous orchid species that grow in the forests. Borneo's rain forests are also home to some extremely rare species of orchids, all highly valued for their exotic aromas and aesthetic beauty. It has been estimated that 2500 to 3000 orchid species grow in the forests of Borneo. Borneo's orchids are also endangered, a result of the...

2008-07-12 03:00:16

By Laurie Edwards At the July meeting of the Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission, the board voted to release an RFP (request for proposal) for a lake survey. Bob Camicia, chairman of TLAC's Environmental Committee, said performing an annual survey is important whenever an invasive aquatic species, such as hydrilla, sets root in lake waters. Camicia said the survey will inspect the lake and mark all aquatic vegetation, native and invasive, up to 15 feet below the shoreline (795 to...

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2008-04-10 10:25:00

Angiosperms, or flowering plants, are the most diverse group of plants on the planet with at least 260,000 species. They are also one of the most mysterious."The sudden appearance of flowers in the fossil record over 100 million years ago represents a great mystery," explained Claude dePamphilis. "Did the earliest flowers possess the full complement of genetic information needed to assemble a modern flower? What was the driver of the diversification of floral developmental pathways? Are there...

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2008-04-01 06:00:00

University of Arizona scientists have discovered that stimulating plants with electricity can induce them to produce certain chemicals -- including some that are commercially useful -- at a much higher rate than they normally would, and more efficiently than current methods allow. These chemicals, called secondary metabolites, are used in a huge variety of ways. Food, dyes, poisons, perfumes and medicines come from them. Latex, herbs like ginseng and chamomile, medicines such as morphine,...

2008-02-20 03:00:33

By Lamont, Eric E Stalter, Richard LAMONT, E. E. (Honorary Research Associate, Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx. NY 10458) AND R. STALTER (Department of Biological Sciences, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY 11439). Orchids of Atlantic coast barrier islands from North Carolina to New York. J. Torrey Bot. Soc. 134: 540-551. 2007.-During the past 25 years, we have documented the occurrence of 17 orchid species from Atlantic coast barrier islands from North...

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2008-01-06 09:00:00

It's that time of the year when the longing comes over you. Winter has settled in. Now that it's truly gray and drab outdoors, you pine for living color. A houseplant, maybe two, will feed your need. You don't have to be a horticulturist. It's easy enough to turn your thumb - and home - green. It just requires a little know-how, the right kind of plant and proper care. These steps will help stop even the most clueless gardener from becoming a plant killer. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...

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2006-10-16 08:47:39

In the history of life on earth, one intriguing mystery is how plants made the transition from water to land and then went on to diversify into the array of vegetation we see today, from simple mosses and liverworts to towering redwoods. A research team led by University of Michigan evolutionary biologist Yin-Long Qiu has new findings that help resolve long-debated questions about the origin and evolution of land plants. The work will be published online in the Proceedings of the National...


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Common wilkiea, Wilkiea huegeliana
2014-02-15 08:54:49

Wilkiea huegeliana is a common rainforest plant from the Monimiaceae family. It is commonly referred to by such names as Common Wilkiea, Tetra beech and Veiny Wilkiea. Although originally described by Louis René Tulasne, it was given its current official name by Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle. W. huegeliana grows as a shrub or small tree that can reach a height of 25 feet. It has a stem diameter of 4 inches. Its trunk is crooked and irregular and is not buttressed. It has smooth, brown or...

Redbay, Persea borbonia
2014-02-15 07:52:34

Persea borbonia is an evergreen tree in the Lauraceae family. The species may commonly be referred to as Redbay, Tisswood, Scrubbay, Shorebay and Swampbay. P. borbonia grows as either a small tree or a large shrub. It contains evergreen leaves that reach between 3 and 6 inches long. They are lance-shaped. They are alternately arranged and give off a spicy smell when crushed. The leaves may be a light green to a very dark green. They produce fruit called drupes, which are small and blue or...

Peruvian nutmeg, Laurelia sempervirens
2014-02-14 11:29:19

Laurelia sempervirens is a large, evergreen tree species. The species may also be commonly referred to as Peruvian nutmeg, Tihue, Trihue, Chilean Laurel or Chilean Sassafras. L. sempervirens belongs to the Atherospermataceae family. The plant can commonly be found growing naturally only in Chile. L. sempervirens plants are found in warm subtropical or tropical habitats. The trees often experience high heat, rainfall and humidity in its environment. L. sempervirens are best grown soils that...

Ribbonwood, Idiospermum australiense
2014-02-14 10:58:56

Idiospermum australiense is the only species in the Idiospermum genus. The flowering tree species belongs to the Calycanthaceae family. The plant may also be commonly known as the Ribbonwood or the Idiot fruit. I. australiense is one of the oldest and most primitive known flowering plants. It has grown in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia for about 120 million years. The species is only found in wet lowland areas of the forest, where it grows together in the same area in...

Yellow sassafras, Doryphora sassafras
2014-02-10 08:46:14

Doryphora sassafras is a species of evergreen tree in the Atherospermataceae family. It is commonly referred to as Sassafras, Yellow sassafras, Golden sassafras, Canary sassafras or Golden deal. D. sassafras is a straight trunked tree with a smaller crown. It has been known to grow to a height of 82 to 105 feet. Its trunk can reach a diameter of 4 feet. It contains glossy green leaves that appear opposite on the stem. The leaves measure 3 to 4 inches long and .8 to 1.6 inches wide. The...

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