Latest Succulent plant Stories

How Some Leaves Get Fat: It's In Their Veins
2013-04-11 15:35:43

Brown University A "garden variety" leaf is a broad, flat structure, but if the garden happens to be somewhere arid, it probably includes succulent plants with plump leaves full of precious water. Fat leaves did not emerge in the plant world easily. A new Brown University study published in Current Biology reports that to sustain efficient photosynthesis, they required the evolution of a fundamental remodeling of leaf vein structure: the addition of a third dimension. Leaves, after all,...

2011-12-08 08:00:00

Nine years ago today, the first 100% pure Hoodia diet pills were launched onto the United Statesâ weight loss market under the name âœHoodoba® Pure Hoodia gordonii Diet Pills.â As the original company to introduce pure Hoodia diet pills to the States, Hoodoba® was at the forefront of the Hoodia craze and was featured on CNN as well as many other news outlets. And while the Hoodia novelty has died down since its initial launch,...

2011-05-04 06:40:00

Between 5 and 10 million years ago, the landscape on Earth changed dramatically. Brown University biologists and colleagues have determined that cacti exploded onto the global scene then, about the same geologic time as other succulent plants and tropical grasses. The trigger: A global period marked by cooling and increased aridity, possibly with lowered atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels. Their findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The cactus, stalwart of the...

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