Coffea Arabica

Coffea Arabica
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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FACT: C. arabica contains less CAFFEINE than other commercially available species of coffee.

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Coffea arabica /əˈræbɪkə/ is a species of Coffea originally indigenous to the forests of the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia. It is also known as the “coffee shrub of Arabia”, “mountain coffee” or “arabica coffee”. Coffea arabicais believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated. Wild plants grow to between 9 and 12 […] read more

Deadly Nightshade

Atropa belladonna
Scale 7 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1

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FACT: The drug ATROPINE is isolated from A. belladonna.

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Atropa belladonna or Atropa bella-donna, commonly known asbelladonna or deadly nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native to Europe, North Africa, Western Asia, and some parts of Canada and the United States. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids. These toxins include scopolamine and hyoscyamine, which cause a […] read more

Cape Sundew

Drosera capensis
Scale 6 Diat: carbon-macromolecules , Hierachy 3

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Play: The Cape Sundew is carnivorous, but can also use photosynthesis. Therefore it can be played as a YELLOW FOOD 1 and/or RED FOOD CHAIN 3.
Fact: The Cape sundew has long, thin leaves that roll up around trapped insects.

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Drosera capensis, commonly known as the Cape sundew, is a small rosette-forming carnivorous species ofperennial[1] sundew native to the Cape in South Africa. Because of its size, easy to grow nature, and the copious amounts of seed it produces, it has become one of the most common sundews in cultivation.D. capensis produces strap-like leaves, up to […] read more

Scalesia pedunculata

Scalesia pedunculata
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1

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Fact: Darwin first collected specimens of this species from Santiago Island in October 1835 on the voyage of the Beagle, and it was later named by his friend Joseph Dalton Hooker.

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Scalesia pedunculata Hook.f. is a member of the Daisy family or Asteraceae, growing to a slender tree (20m tall,DBH 20cm), and found in dense stands on the humid windward coasts of the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal,Santiago and Floreana in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos archipelago lies in the southeast trade wind zone, so […] read more

Satureja darwinii

Clinopodium darwinii
Scale 6 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: Darwin writes: “Very sweet smelling, plant; with a rather biting aromatic taste; used for making tea by the seamen.”

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Clinopodium is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. It is in the tribe Mentheae of the subfamilyNepetoideae, but little else can be said with certainty about its phylogenetic position. The genus name Clinopodium is derived from the Latin clinopodion or the Greek klinopodion. These were names forClinopodium vulgare. The Greek klino means […] read more

Geonoma schottiana

Arecaceae geonoma schottiana
Scale 8 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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FACT: Specimens of this plant were collected by Darwin at Bahia (Salvador) in March 1832.

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Geonoma is a genus of small to medium-sized palms native to the forest understorey of tropical Central and South America. This palm genus is one of the largest in the Neotropics.[1] Its 64 species are distributed from Mexico andHaiti in the north to Paraguay in the south; two are found in the insular Caribbean.[2] The […] read more