Plants
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Plants

Currently our only active section is Air Plants as you'll see in the left navigation menu - more sections and articles will be added as we write them.
Until then we have added links to a variety of wikipedia articles you can check out, just in case you're not into Air Plants.

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Cactus
Cactus Cacti Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Magnoliopsida Order: Caryophyllales Family: Cactaceae Cacti or cactuses are succulent plants, well known natives of desert areas in the Americas. They have also become naturalized to similar environments in other areas. An individual plant is called a cactus. Like other succulents, cacti are well-adapted to life with little precipitation. Their leaves have evolved into needles, which in addition to
 
Kudzu
the pea family. Kudzu is common throughout most of the southeastern United States and has been found as far north as Pennsylvania. The name comes from Japanese kazu (葛), meaning vine. Kudzu vines can make walking across the land nearly impossible, as it takes over all horizontal and vertical surfaces, both natural and manmade. Its dense vegetation obstructs all views and movement into the area. It kills or degrades other plants by smothering them under a solid blanket of leaves, by girdling woody stems and tree trunks, and by breaking branches or uprooting entire trees and shrubs through the sheer force
 
Droseraceae
Droseraceae The Droseraceae are a family of carnivorous plants and commonly known as the Sundew Family. They include the sundews and butterworts, which produce sticky substances that trap prey, and the Venus fly trap, which has leaves modified to form traps that close when disturbed. This article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia
 
Dieffenbachia
Dieffenbachia Dieffenbachia is a genus of tropical monocots with patterned leaves. Members of this genus are grown as houseplants. The cells of the plant contain needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals. If a leaf is chewed, these crystals cause a burning sensation in the mouth and throat; swelling can occur along with a temporary inability to
 
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
 
Breadfruit
Breadfruit Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis, Family Moraceae) is a tree – and its fruit – native to East Indian and Pacific islands that has been widely planted in tropical regions everywhere. It was first collected and distributed by Lieutenant William Bligh as one of the botanical samples collected by HMS Bounty in the late 18th century. Breadfruit is an attractive shade tree with large leaves deeply cut into pinnate lobes.
 
Juniper
and unwinged, hard seeds. Some are misleadingly called cedars, the common name for species in the Genus Cedrus. A number of species (such as J. chinensis from East Asia) are used in landscaping and horticulture. Junipers have distinctive false-fruits: small cones in which the waxy scales fuse together to form a fleshy "berry-like" structure. In some species these "berries" are red-brown or orange but in most they are blue and very aromatic. Some junipers are peculiar in that they have two types of evergreen leaves. Seedlings and the young twigs of older trees have small needle-like leaves. Most of the branches
 
Ichthyothere
Ichthyothere Ichthyothere Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Magnoliopsida Order: Asterales Family: Asteraceae Genus: Ichthyothere Species Ichthyothere agrestis Ichthyothere granvillei Ichthyothere latifolia Ichthyothere macdanielii Ichthyothere rufa Ichthyothere scandens Ichthyothere terminalis Ichthyothere is a genus of plants found in parts of South America (the Amazon). The name ichthyothere literally translates as fish poison -- the active constituent ichthyothereol is a polyacetylene compound so toxic to fish that they will jump out of the water if I. terminalis leaves are used as bait. Ichthyothereol 3-hydroxy-2-(trans-non-1-ene-3,5,7-triynyl)tetrahydropyran
 
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
 
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
 



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