Monthly Archives: June 2013

A post-ecstasy in Apostasia

Apostasia is derived from the Greek apostasia, meaning “separation or divorce”, in allusion to the distinct floral features which distinguish it from most other orchids. I learnt about this orchid genus a long time ago, and way back then, it … Continue reading

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The flowering tree that nobody saw

When a tree flowers in the canopy of a deep jungle, and there is no one to see it, enjoy it, or record it, has it flowered in vain? A most fitting allegory for the common human state of mind. … Continue reading

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Seeing after a lifetime of plant blindness

There is actually a term, “Plant Blindness” coined by scientists some 15 years ago to describe “the inability to see or notice the plants in one’s own environment—leading to: (a) the inability to recognize the importance of plants in the world, … Continue reading

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The fern that wants to be a liverwort

Filmy ferns, or ferns belonging to the family Hymenophyllaceae, are an interesting group of plants. They are among some of the earliest lineages of ferns, but at the same time, they has a very simple structure, as far as ferns … Continue reading

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