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Spirals And Fractals In Plants And Vegetables

Here are some surprising plants and vegetables designed with beautiful mathematical formations of spirals and fractals : Spiral In A Sliced Red Cabbage :    The fractal formation of the tasty and healthy Romanesco broccoli: Cauliflower spiral: Aloe polyphylla is a stemless Aloe and grows its leaves … Continue reading

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Human Mandrake

A good example of a transition from mythical to naturalistic representation – Mandrake, the source of a narcotic pain-killer and aphrodisiac used during the Middle ages, is perhaps the subject of more superstition than any other plant. Native to the … Continue reading

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Thriving since 1960, my garden in a bottle: Seedling sealed in its own ecosystem and watered just once in 53 years

David Latimer first planted his bottle garden in 1960 and last watered it in 1972 before tightly sealing it shut ‘as an experiment’ The hardy spiderworts plant inside has grown to fill the 10-gallon container by surviving entirely on recycled … Continue reading

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Living Root Bridges –

In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built – they’re grown. Click on image for a larger view  The living bridges of Cherrapunji, India are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree. This tree … Continue reading

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Orchid : The fairy trap

This pretty orchid has flowers borne in a dense spike which vary from pale to dark pink. They sometimes have darker spots on the lip and the hood has dark pink veins. The Naked Man Orchid (which on close inspection … Continue reading

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