Category Archives: Knowing Plants

Finding the kernel of truth

Ever wondered where the expression “a kernel of truth” comes from? It is fascinating to me that “truth” is associated with plant kernels. Why this association? Is “truth” hard? Or is “truth” hard to find? Perhaps then, another question could … 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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Seeing plants and star gazing

In star gazing we bring ourselves to a spot, and we let our eyes get accustomed to the darkness, and then slowly but surely untold number of stars start to appear before our eyes. Some of us can make out … Continue reading

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Developing an intuition about plants

Taxonomists (people who practice the art of describing and naming plants in the scientific tradition) are among the most passionate and focused of people, both individually and collectively. In the course of my study I’ve had the privilege to interact … Continue reading

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