Monthly Archives: September 2018

Meeting with Maya-caceae

Wading in a small shallow backwater rivulet in northern Bahia, Brazil, brought me to a plant family that I had never seen before – the Mayacaceae. I had only managed to take a quick photo but back home I managed … Continue reading

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Towers built on turd – the Tayloria mosses

The human-made structures that we know as towers must have been inspired by mosses. Or maybe humans drew the idea for the design of towers from the superconscious, where the form of moss capsules are imprinted on the fabric of … Continue reading

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The metamorphosis of plants – a living example

What is a flower actually? How do they develop? The subject of plant developmental is a very vibrant field of study, and in our modern age, scientists are using advanced molecular techniques and model species to pry into the secrets … Continue reading

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Back to threads – the moss that is returning to an algae-like existence

Algae needs water to reproduce, and anyone who has seen a pond or kept a fishtank has knows of the green thread-like algae that grows of submerged rock or wood surfaces. So one of the major advances of mosses over … Continue reading

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Stalking the stalkless – discovering Acaulon

Few moments in moss hunting are as exciting as finding an ephemeral species. One such moment was years ago when I stumbled upon Acaulon (Acaulon integrifoium in this case) on a small exposed soil patch in a peri-urban park in Tasmania. … Continue reading

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Cocoloba – largest in the world

The dream of any botanist – to see the biggest of any particular category, or form, of plants. One such dream for me was fulfilled in the campus grounds of the National Institute of Amazon Research, known among botanists and … Continue reading

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Leaf whispering in the tropics at the School for Field Studies

“A traveller should be a botanist, for in all views plants make up the chief embellishment”. Although Charles Darwin said this almost two hundred years ago, his recommendation remains as valid now as it was then. Students of The School … Continue reading

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