Category Archives: Plant Curios

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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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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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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Meeting one of the world’s largest Philodendrons

Meeting giants is a major preoccupation in my life, but some plant giants come in all forms. One of these is in the form of a hemiepiphyte, a root climber that is found in the tropical jungles of south America. … Continue reading

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How to be a superweed?

An extraordinary weed with unchallenged vitality When ecologists study the biological traits of plants they often think in terms of trade-offs. An investment in one trait means less resources to invest in another. As an ecologist therefore, I was rather … 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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Awed beneath the Swan’s Neck, Agave attenuata

Seeing curious plants stops people, and there are not many plants that I will use the terms “graceful” and “grand” at the same time. Agave attenuata however is one such plant, and the various common names such as Swan’s Neck … Continue reading

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