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Friday, 10 March 2017

Plant

There are about 300–315 thousand species of plants, of which the great majority, around 260,000 are flowering plants. The rest are green algae, mosses etc.

158,000 new plant species will be discovered during your lifetime.

So far only two percent of plants have has been thoroughly screened or investigated for phyto-chemicals with potential medicinal uses.

Several various flowers and plants in the Botanical Garden in the city of Lund.

There are about 80,000 edible plants in the world but few are widely marketed as food. Edible flowers include chrysanthemum, carnation, cattail, chicory, cornflower, canna, honeysuckle, nasturtium, and sunflower.

The world’s food supply depends on about 150 plant species. Of those 150, more than half of the world’s food energy comes from a limited number of varieties of three “mega-crops”: rice, wheat, and maize.

There are more than 600 known species of meat-eating plants. Most eat insects but some eat frogs or small mammals.

The roots of plants perform two main functions. First, they anchor the plant to the ground. Second, they absorb water and various nutrients dissolved in water from the soil.

 'Anemious' is the word for a plant that grows in windy conditions. It is one of the rare words that contain all five vowels once each in the right order.

Plants lose gallons of water every day through the process of transpiration, the evaporation of water through the pores in their leaves.

Plants that are not cared for will cry for help. A thirsty plant will make a high-pitched sound that is too high for us to hear.


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