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2010-12-14 10:56:27

From southern Africa's pineapple lily to Western Australia's swamp bottlebrush, flowering plants are everywhere.  Also called angiosperms, they make up 90 percent of all land-based, plant life. New research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides new insights into their genetic origin, an evolutionary innovation that quickly gave rise to many diverse flowering plants more than 130 million years ago. Moreover, a flower with genetic programming...


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Burrawang, Macrozamia communis
2014-01-31 08:51:17

Macrozamia communis is a type of Australian cycad plant. The species is located on the coast of New South Wales. It is commonly known as the Burrawang. Its common name is derived from the Daruk Australian Aboriginal Language. This name is often applied to other species of Macrozamia. M. communis normally has an un-branched trunk, cycad plants branch very rarely. The species has dark green colored leaves which become dull with age. This plant has separate male and female specimens that are...

Poor Man's Cycad, Encephalartos villosus
2014-01-31 08:20:50

Encephalartos villosus is a South African cycad, or Palm-like plant. Commonly named, poor man's cycad. The species is a member of the Zamiaceae family. It’s a common cycad between the East London vicinity and the northern border of Swaziland. The plants can be found growing several hundred miles inland. Very little of the plant is visible. E. villosus has a largely underground trunk. This has led it to be improperly categorized as a dwarf species. The crown of the plant is made up of...

Modjadji Cycad, Encephalartos transvenosus
2014-01-31 08:02:27

Encephalartos transvenosus is a palm-like cycad species plant. The species is also referred to as the Modjadji Cycad. It belongs to the Zamiaceae family. The plant is described as a tall and majestic tree. The species’ name, transvenosus, references the plant’s tiny network of veins found in between the plant’s main veins. They become visible when its leaf is held up under a light. E. transvenosus can grow up to 38 feet tall. Its trunk is thick and covered in a netted pattern. Its...

Breadpalm, Encephalartos longifolius
2014-01-31 07:46:06

Encephalartos longifolius is a palm-like cycad species plant. The plant belongs to the Zamiaceae family. The species may also be referred to as the Broodbroom or Breadpalm. The species scientific name comes from Latin origins: longis (long), and folius (leaf). E. longifolius can grow up to 10 feet tall. With age, it develops an extremely thick trunk. The cycad is crowned with metallic or dark green semi-gloss leaves. Its leaves can grow up to 7 feet long. The plant’s leaflets overlap...

Lebombo cycad fruit, Encephalartos lebomboensis
2014-01-30 10:43:30

The Lebombo cycad (Encephalartos lebomboensis) is a cycad species plant. The species belongs to the Zamiaceae family. This plant was first discovered and named in 1949 by Dr. Inez Verdoorn in South Africa. The Lebombo cycad can be found in two distinct areas, one in the Mpumalanga province and one in the upper Pongola River Valley, in South Africa. The Lebombo cycad grows up to 13 feet tall and its trunk has a diameter of approximately 12 inches across. The plant branches off halfway up...

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This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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