Sunday, September 8, 2013

20 Interesting Facts About Plants


  • A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows.
  • Banana oil is made from petroleum.
  • 84% of a raw apple and 96% of a raw cucumber is water.
  • The largest single flower is the Rafflesia or “corpse flower”. They are generally 3 feet in diameter with the record being 42 inches.
  • Onions contain a mild antibiotic that fights infections, soothes burns, tames bee stings and relieves the itch of athletes foot.
  • Quinine, one of the most important drugs known to man, is obtained from the dried bark of an evergreen tree native to South America.
  • The rose family of plants, in addition to flowers, gives us apples, pears, plums, cherries, almonds, peaches and apricots.
  • No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.
  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
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  • The bright orange color of carrots tell you they are an excellent source of Vitamin A which is important for good eyesight, especially at night. Vitamin A helps your body fight infection, and keeps your skin and hair healthy.
  • A plant’s stem appears and grows upward shortly after the primary root appears. It continues to grow above ground level.
  • Water and minerals flow upward through the roots into the stem of the plant and then into the leaves of the plant.
  • Pistils have three parts – the stigma, the style, and the ovary.
  • Petals are usually colorful, and they attract insects and birds that help with pollination.
  • Fruit is really the part of a flower in which seeds grow. Cherries, apples, and even milkweed pods are fruit.
  • Buds are small swellings on a plant from which a shoot, leaf, or flower usually develops.
  • The primary root is the first thing to sprout from a seed, and it grows downward.
  • A seed contains its own food supply, which helps the sprouting plant as it begins its new life.
  • Roots are covered with root hairs that absorb water and minerals.
  • Grapes and clematis have stems that climb with tendrils, which hold onto a surface, as the stems get longer.

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