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2009-06-20 08:32:38

German botanists working in the rainforests of Ecuador have discovered a plant that "pretends" to be ill.  The plant fakes its illness to prevent attacks by mining moths, which would eat the plants' otherwise healthy leaves. The discovery is the first known example of a plant that feigns being sick, and might explain a pattern seen on plant leaves known as variegation, which many species of plant exhibit. For a variety of causes, variegated plants have different colored patterns on the...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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