A Venus Fly
- The earliest flower is a flower
that scientists think is 120 million years old. It was identified
in the year 1989 by Dr. Leo Hickey and Dr. David Taylor of Yale
University, from a fossil discovered near Melbourne, Australia.
The fossil of the flower was discovered in Victoria, Australia.
resembles the modern black pepper plant. It has 2 leaves and one
flower, and is known as the Koonwarra plant.
- A Venus Fly Trap is a plant with
a trap which snaps closed to catch an insect. This insect is its
food. It can stay closed after catching the insect for a period of
twenty or thirty days in some cases. When the fly trap is about to
reopen, it can take a while to become fully open. It can close
rapidly if an insect goes in it when reopening.
- Imagine seeing large glaciers
move across the land, watching Indians battle, seeing the Pilgrims
arrive, watching the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and hippies
all in onelifetime? Well you could. That is, if you were a bristle
cone pine. They can live to be 4,600 years old! (Let me tell you,
that's quite a few more years than your math teacher!)
- Ah, now let's settle back, close
our eyes and picture this.
You're taking a leisurely stroll
deep in the woods. You see a gigantic shape looming in the
distance. You slowly push the leaves aside to reveal a HUGE
If this ever happened, you'd have
been lucky enough to see the titan arum. It is a monster. If it
was part human, you would NOT want to mess with it! It's actually
taller than Shaq and Michael Jordan! It is NINE feet tall, and
THREE feet across! WOW!
- This fact is unbelievable!
Imagine a water lily that can grow up to be 6 feet across!!! The
Amazon water lily has a lip around the leaf that is 6 inches high.
The underside of this magnificent plant is a rich purple.
- The decending roots of a
strangler fig encircles the trunk of its host. The fig kills the
host tree and the dead tree rots away. All that's left is the fig
roots shaped in a circle.
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University Press: Princeton, NJ. 1995
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Selsam, Millicent E. Plants That Heal. William Morrow and
Waters, John F. Carnivorous Plants. Franklin Watts: New
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