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Uncaria
Uncaria Uncaria is a genus of plants known colloquially as "Gambier", "Cat's Claw" or "Uña de Gato", which are found in Asia, Africa, and South America. There are about 34 species. Malaysian Gambier (U. gambir) is a large tropical vine with typical rubiaceous leaves, which are opposite and about 10 cm long. At the
 
Jean Senebier
Jean Senebier Jean Senebier (May 6, 1742 - July 22, 1809) was a Swiss pastor who wrote many works on vegetable physiology. He was born at Geneva, and is remembered for his contributions to the understanding of the influence of light on vegetation. Though Marcello Malpighi and Stephen Hales had shown that much of the substance of plants must be obtained from the atmosphere, no progress was made until Charles Bonnet observed on leaves plunged in aerated water bubbles of gas, which Joseph Priestley recognized as
 
Sundew
Sundew Sundew. Sundews are members of the genus Drosera, consisting of about 90 species of carnivorous plants. Examples of the sundew family can be found on every continent but Antarctica, they are specially abundant in South Africa and Australia. They can be found in most soil conditions, acid, sandy, stony and boggy places. The leaves have stalks with drops of
 
Spikemoss
Spikemoss Spikemoss Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Division: Lycophyta Class: Selaginellopsida Order: Selaginellales Family: Selaginellaceae Genus: Selaginella Species   Selaginella apoda   Selaginella eclipes   Selaginella rupestris Spikemoss refers to any plant of the genus Selaginella, in the family Selaginellaceae, in the order Selaginellales, in the class Selaginellopsida, in the division Lycophyta. Many workers still place the Selaginellales in the class Lycopsida. This group of plants are considered to be part of the fern allies. The spikemosses are creeping or ascendant plants with simple, scale-like leaves on branching stems from which roots also arise. The plants are heterosporous. Significant spikemosses
 
Coleus
classification Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Magnoliopsida Order: Lamiales Family: Lamiaceae Genus: Coleus Species Coleus amboinicus Coleus barbatus Coleus blumei Coleus forskohlii Coleus pumila Coleus pumilus Ref: ITIS 32469 2002-08-19 Coleus is an annual plant with colorful variegated leaves, typically with sharp contrast between the colors; the leaves may be green, pink, yellow, maroon, and red. The plants grow well in moist well-drained soil, and typically grow 12 to 24 inches tall, though some may grow as tall as four feet. Coleus are typically grown for ornamental purposes; they are heat-tolerant, though they do less well in full sun in subtropical
 
Aspidistra
Aspidistra Aspidistra is a genus of plants of the family Liliaceae or Convallariaceae, originating from China. Species A. elatior (aspidistra, iron plant, barroom plant, cast-iron plant) is a tough ornamental plant with leathery dark green leaves, growing up to 1 m. The plant was once so popular in British homes that George Orwell satirized
 
Bromeliaceae
Bromeliaceae Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Liliopsida Order: Bromeliales Family: Bromeliaceae Bromeliads include epiphytes, such as Spanish moss, and ground plants, such as the pineapple. Many bromeliads have a "cup" formed by their tightly-overlapping leaves, in which they store water. However, the family is diverse enough to include the cup-type epiphytes, grey-leaved Tillandsias (which gather water only from leaf structures called trichomes), and even a large number of desert-dwelling
 
Violet (plant)
Violet (plant) Violets Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Magnoliopsida Order: Violales Family: Violaceae Genus: Viola Species Viola tricolor var. arvensis Viola bicolor Pursh Viola tricolor Viola beckwithii Viola nephrophylla Violets (genus Viola) are flowers of the family Violaceae, common in Europe in slightly shaded conditions such as hedgerows. Violets are small perennial plants with large heart-shaped leaves which flower profusely in spring. This genus includes pansies and the smaller spreading plants known as either Johnny jump ups. There are two wild varieties, the most common having dark blue flowers, and the less commmon having white flowers
 
Welwitschia
Welwitschia Welwitschia is a monotypic genus of succulent plant, consisting exclusively of the very odd Welwitschia mirabilis Hook. f. Welwitschia is the only genus of the family Welwitschiacae, in the order Gnetales, in the class Gnetopsida. This is a desert plant which grows from a short, thick trunk, with only two leaves that continuously grow from their base, and a long, thick taproot. Shortly after germination, the apex of the plant dies, leaving
 
Venus Flytrap
spiders) by snapping its leaves closed, much like animals do with their mouths; indeed, the edges of the leaves are equipped with protrusions that look like a set of teeth. Once the insect has been captured, the plant digests and absorbs it. The leaf then opens, and wind blows (or the rain washes) away the insect's remains. Each leaf can digest only several times, after which it withers and dies. The Venus flytrap may be the source of legends about man-eating plants. The tip of the leaf is divided into two hinged lobes that form a trap. There are many traps
 



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