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Dracaena draco is a subtropical Dragon Tree native to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, and locally in western Morocco, and introduced to the Azores. This tree is the natural symbol of the island of Tenerife. When the bark or leaves are cut they secrete a reddish resin, one of the sources of the substance known as Dragon’s blood, used to stain wood, such as of Stradivarius violins.
Duckweeds are aquatic plants which float on or just beneath the surface of still or slow-moving fresh water bodies. These plants are very simple, lacking an obvious stem or leaves. They consist of a small ‘thalloid’ or plate-like structure that floats on or just under the water surface, with or without simple rootlets.
Fasciation is a condition of plant growth in which the apical meristem, normally concentrated around a single point, producing approximately cylindrical tissue, becomes elongated perpendicularly to the direction of growth, producing flattened, ribbon-like, crested, or elaborately contorted tissue. The phenomenon may occur in the stem, root, fruit, or flower head.
The language of flowers, sometimes called florigraphy, was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.
Ernst Haeckel was an eminent German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology.
The Linnean herbarium at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm comprises some 4000 herbarium specimens, several of which are types formally designated by various experts. The specimens were once distributed by Linnaeus to his disciples and eventually they became part of the collections of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, subsequently the Swedish Museum of Natural History.
Amazing trees grow on these islands. Socotra is considered the “jewel” of biodiversity in the Arabian sea.
The Talipot palm flowers only once in its lifetime, producing the biggest inflorescence in the flowering kingdom. The palm grows for 30 to 80 years, storing up energy and strength in its trunk to send out this massive inflorescence. After flowering and fruiting the plant will die.
The VEGETABLE LAMB OF TARTARY is a legendary plant of central Asia, believed to grow sheep as its fruit. The sheep were connected to the plant by an umbilical cord and grazed the land around the plant.
The worsleya grows in very extreme and moist environments, and is commonly found near waterfalls in rich soil situated on granite rocks.