The study of plant life; e.g. angiosperms, gymnosperms, bryophytes, pteridophytes, and algae.

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Can anyone identify this plant from Bangladesh?

I have taken the picture from an agriculture university in Bangladesh.
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How do plants benefit from their seeds being buried?

Common planting advice, when starting many plants from seed, is to bury the seed some small distance under the soil. It seems like most plants (at least members of class Dicotyledonae) will grow a ...
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Fruit-bearing tree identification

Just moved into a new house in Puerto Rico and I found this tree in the back garden. Can anyone tell me what tree this is, and whether its fruit is edible?
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Do you know what plant it is?

I saw this plant when I was on my trip to the Ukraine. I wonder if those berries are edible. Thanks a lot in advance.
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What biological processes can affect the temperature of the shadow a tree casts?

Assuming two trees have similar shape and leaf coverage, could differences in the biological processes among them lead to differences in the temperature of the shadow they cast? What biological ...
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What is the biological age of grafted plants?

Suppose you graft a piece of an existing 'old' plant. Will it continue to grow having the same biological age as its parent? I.e., would it die at the same time as its parent? Or would the process of ...
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Help identify this awesome climbing plant with velcro like stem

I got this plant sprouting in my window box this spring. Starting from a single seed, it has grown into an impressive array of branching climbing vines, reaching 6 feet tall. The stem turned red as it ...
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What is the name of this flower?

A flower has grown on a leaf in our garden. What is the name of this flower? Give some description.
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Flower identification: Moscow, Russia

I found this plant near the MSU, Moscow, Russia. Could someone help me to identify it?
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Why do tomatoes look so much like pomegranates? [closed]

The pomegranate fruit has been cultivated since ancient times, particularly in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It has a hard outer rind, and inside are several chambers, each of which contains ...
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Is this Heracleum sosnowskyi?

There's a relatively big scare in local news about the Heracleum sosnowskyi plant, considering how dangerous it can be. I was strolling through the park when I noticed these plants - the ones I ...
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Which plant is this?

I'm curious what plant this is! I found it at 37°52'23.2"N 122°16'55.3"W (north of Oakland, California, USA).
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Why are plants referred to by their Latin species names, and not by their popular names?

Often the names of herbal ingredients in certain cosmetics products are given by their scientific names like Anthemis nobilis instead of chamomile or Lavandula angustifolia instead of lavender. Is ...
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Can someone identify this stinging plant?

I have no idea where this plant came from, or what it is. What I do know is its leaves are covered in little hairs, there's little thorns growing all over it, and just by rubbing its leaf it burns you ...
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What flowering green plant is this?

I got this green plant as a gift many years ago, but I have never seen it flower before. It has a strong, pleasant scent and cool flowers so I'd really would like to know what it is.
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Can roots have cuticle, especially aerial roots?

In my school biology book, it is written that cuticle covers the epidermal cells in aerial parts of plants and root epidermis doesn't have cuticle. My question is that whether aerial roots, in plants ...
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How do plant galls form?

I am curious how Gall Wasps, bacteria and other organisms induce galls to form. Specifically, what chemicals induce gall formation?
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Which taxonomic classification schemes are most accepted?

Since the taxonomic classification schemes followed by universities around the world are different I wish to know which are the most accepted classification schemes till date concerning the following ...
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How do researchers map root systems of plants?

For example, here is a picture of the root systems for some prairie grasses: (Click image for higher-resolution PDF) from: http://www.conservationresearchinstitute.org/educational-offerings.html How ...
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What is the scientific name of this evergreen plant?

This plant is found in India. It is an evergreen plant. Would love to know the scientific name.
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Why doesn't human consumption of plants cause infectious diseases the way consumption of animals can?

At first I want to clarify that I do know that there are naturally poisonous plants and plants that can hold radioactive stuff or toxic material from the environment. What I mean by "diseases" (I ...
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Calculating the canopy size (crown) of a newly planted tree at a future date

Assuming that one knows the maximum area of the canopy and the age of the tree when it achieves this. And given an initial canopy size from the nursery. How would I calculate the canopy size at a ...
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What could cause a forest of bent trees?

While hiking on the northern Idaho-Montana border, I encountered a large area where virtually every tree is bent at the base in the downhill direction. Only the very largest and very smallest trees ...
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Is the water transpired by plants pure H₂O, or does it contain trace minerals?

I'm considering the idea of drinking water that I trap from what is transpired by trees. Interestingly, is this water a fairly (or maybe even extraordinarily) pure form of H₂O, a remarkably pure by-...
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Do trees really get a large share of their mass from the carbon in the air?

I remember hearing that trees and other plants actually obtain a large amount of their mass from the carbon floating in the air, not the ground beneath them. Does the makeup of air actually contain ...
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What is the trigger of pollen tube formation when the pollen is on the stigma?

What is the mechanism of pollen tube formation when the pollen is close to the stigma ? Is it because of chemotaxis? In other words, is the growth triggered by some chemical substance that is ...
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Plant identification in Turkey

What species is this ? It is a stinky, hairy plant. I have found it nearby a river. It had reached a height of 1 meter. Bloomed three weeks ago. Found in Turkey.
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Can anyone help me identify this plant?

I have a Chamaerops humilis in my apartment and in there is these small plants growing. I live in Denmark, Europe and my palm tree has only been inside my apartment since i got it. Can anyone ...
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Plant identification

What plant species is this? Its stalk looks like a grapevine, but the leaves & flowers not. It bloomed this week (Mid-June). I have found it in Turkey, Amasya. If you want, I can add more ...
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What comes out of this bump in this vegetable?

I live in Denmark, Europe and I have in my garden this gigantic vegetable. It has a big bump on the top and i was wondering about what comes out of it?
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Is Araucaria fruit toxic? [closed]

I've had an Araucaria tree in my garden for more than 30 years. Today a fruit fell off the tree. It looks just like this one: I want to know if it is toxic? Can I eat it? If so, how?
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Cause of Crease in Drupe Fruit

What causes the crease through the pericarp of a drupe fruit (peach, nectarine, olive)? It may just be in exocarp as @Ilan pointed out, but I assumed (perhaps wrongly), that the division continued ...
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Are there terrestrial plants that thrive on sea water?

Given the existence of coastal deserts such as in the picture below, I was wondering whether terrestrial plants can survive on sea water alone? If yes, why then do coastal deserts exist, instead of ...
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Leaves growing on a leaf of a Begonia

I've a Begonia species. Somehow it started to grow new leaves on top and right in the center of an existing leaf which you can see in the center of the image. Why is it doing this? Apparently it is ...
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Identify the plant

Can anyone tell me which plant or flower is this. I have found it in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.
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Expected reproduction rate of a dandelion and/or fern

I am working a basic mathematical/computer simulation of an ecosystem, and I need to know the birth rate of each organism in my simulation. However, I could not find any data for how often a small, ...
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Can photosyntetic cells be genetically modified to grow at a faster rate?

I hope the question is not silly, but I wonder if a sort of genetically modified plant "cancer" could be used for carbon sequestration. For example, cancer cells like HeLa have been reproduced in tons,...
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What bacteria shed harvestable energy from root zone organic matter?

I recently heard of a successful effort that harvests energy from soil at plants' bases due to apparently bacterial breakdown of wastes from the plants: Via photosynthesis a plant produces organic ...
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What is this plant on the photos?

Found in Kustaankartano, Helsinki, Finland in June 2015. (for closeup view, copy image URL and open in new window and then zoom in)
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Why are there no trees in Texas?

In Texas, there is lot of grassland and many cotton fields, which need a great deal of water. However, I have not seen any forests or areas with many trees. Why are there no forests or heavily-treed ...
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Mating types in fungi (and somatogamy)

I would have some related questions about the mating types of fungi. Does a single spore generate a mycelium possessing only one mating type? If it does not in general, do Ascomycota and ...
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What is the scientific name of this plant?

I found this one on a hill here in Palestine. It's about 20 cm in height. Note that it does exist in this regions, but scantily.
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Are there any culinary fruits that are not botanically fruits or accessory fruits? [closed]

Many culinary vegetables are botanically fruits. For example, the tomato, bittergourd and the cucumber are generally considered culinary vegetables, but they are botanically considered fruits. Does ...
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Viruses selected by evolution

First let me apologize in advance for I know almost nothing about biology. I had a conversation today with a family member who is a bio-computer-scientist and he talked to me about what his colleagues ...
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Which tree's root can grow the longest?

In a recent TV documentary it was said that a particular tree root could grow miles long. However, I forgot the name of the tree and I don't remember the name of the TV program as well. I searched ...
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Can someone identify this plant?

Can someone identify this plant? It was growing under my 2 year old's climbing wall / play house thing. I live in West Virginia, USA and it's currently June 3rd (if that helps from a climate ...
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Do electromagnetic waves outside the visible spectrum have any role in photosynthesis?

Does photosynthesis occur only in the visible spectrum? If there is a way to completely remove all other electromagnetic bands from the sunlight, including infrared (IR), will photosynthesis continue ...
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What is Meriva Phytosome Curcumin?

What is Meriva Phytosome Curcumin other than being a food supplement? Is it a plant? A type of plant extract? I googled it but still couldn't figure out exactly what it is. The reason I'm asking is ...
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Vegetable Cellulose

I'm a pharmacy student working on my thesis. I just want to ask the probable sources of vegetable cellulose found in vegetable capsule? Note: I'm referring to the capsule itself not for its possible ...
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Book-recommendation: plant biophysics [closed]

I'm a physicist by training am looking to learn more about the biophysics of plants. Can you give me your recommendation of good resources on plant biophysics? Books are preferred.