Bog flowers • Stylidium Debile = Carnivorous?
Also known as the frail triggerplant. It has been up for debate rather or not to categorize these small flowering plants as carnivorous. Though its quick trigger like mechanism (serving as a ‘forceful’ implement for pollination) would rival the speed of your average Venus flytrap, the carnivorous part of this plant is actually located along the flower stalk. The stalks have been found to contain small digestive-mucous producing glands, and a more in depth study has shown they do receive viable amounts of nutrients this way.
So perhaps their humble placement as 'companion plants’ from a few supplying nurseries will someday be moved to regard them as a bit more threatening. I myself, enjoy seeing their dainty flowers and interesting foliage pop up winter - spring in my growroom. 🌿☠🌸
#carnivorousplants #stylidiumdubile #botany
To Fruit or Not to Fruit – The Story of Mast Seeding
Perennial plants that are able to reproduce multiple times during their lifetime don’t always yield the same amount of seeds each time they reproduce. For some of these plants, there is a stark difference between high-yield years and low-yield years, with low-yield years outnumbering the occasional high-yield years. In years when yields are high, fruit production can seem excessive. This…
Researchers has established how plants use their metabolism to tell time and know when to grow—a discovery that could help leverage growing crops in different environments, including different seasons, different latitudes or even in artificial environments and vertical gardens.
the study, titled “Superoxide is promoted by sucrose and affects amplitude of circadian rhythms in the evening,” details how plants use their metabolism to sense time at dusk and help conserve energy produced from sunlight during the day.
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Hand-coloured plates taken from ‘British Wild Flowers’ by Jane Loudon.
Published 1846 by William Smith.
Botanic Academia: you go off into the forest to sketch coniferous trees.
DNI if you: have a vascular system, can survive more than a day out of water, have a widely recognized common name, aren’t photosynthetic, are photosynthetic but can’t utilize light in the 500-600nm wavelength range, lack cross walls, exhibit determinate growth, are a cyanobacteria or a cyanobacteria apologist, have a nervous system of any kind, don’t fear urchins, have a lifecycle that doesn’t make 2nd year biology students reconsider their career path, aren’t at least a little bit salty, believe heterotrophy is morally acceptable, or have popular phylum privilege
A short collection of microscopic images of plant structures. From left to right:
1. The flower of Psoralea pinnata
2. Dissected flower of Frangula californica (California Coffeeberry)
3. A wasp larvae inside a gall on an oak leaf
4. Dissected flower from the Ranunculaceae
5. A spadix, characteristic of the Araceae
6. Dissected flower from the Ericaceae
“How do we refill the empty bowl? Is gratitude alone enough? Berries teach us otherwise. … We need the berries and the berries need us. Their gifts multiply by our care for them, and dwindle from our neglect.”
A plant in a garden will only flower under the right conditions—good soil, consistent watering and sunlight, etc. In order to enjoy the flowers, the gardener must ensure that the environment is kept healthy and strong 💐
Likewise, in order to enjoy the earth or even the berries that grow on it, we must ensure that the environment of the world is kept in good condition. The berries are just one small example of the importance of this relationship of reciprocity 🍓
How can you apply this to your own life?
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What is a herbarium? And why do they need digitizers? A quick video for those of us with barely a minute to spare. 😉💚
There are simply not enough occasions that elicit the wearing of pom-poms as an adult. That’s my hot take for the day. But C. crozalsiana doesn’t care, she’s out here covered in pom-poms from head to toe! Well ok, they don’t have heads or toes, and the pom-pom like sorelia are mainly found in the central thallus, but you get what I mean. This foliose lichen forms closely attached, irregularly lobed rosettes up to 10 cm in diameter. The lobe surface is pale gray or green, ridged, and dotted with spots of farinose soredia. The lower surface is dark brown to black in the center, with sparse black rhizines. You can find C. crozalisiana on hardwood trees and rocks in sheltered, wooded areas at mid-level elevations in temperate and tropical regions.
Prickly water lily
C Montilre, CC 3.0