Brachyphyllum

Brachyphyllum
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: These coniferous trees lived all over the globe during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

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Brachyphyllum is an extinct genus of plants belonging to Araucariaceae. They were found around the globe during the Carboniferous to the Cretaceous period.[1] (From Wikipedia, February 2017) read more

Baobab Tree

Adansonia digitata
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1

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Fact: During the voyage, the observation of this tree (which can grow to be 6000 years old), is thought to have made Darwin ponder the long timescales in the Earth’s geology.

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Adansonia digitata (baobab) is the most widespread of the Adansonia species on the African continent, found in the hot, dry savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa. Common names for the baobab include dead-rat tree (from the appearance of the fruits), monkey-bread tree (the soft, dry fruit is edible), upside-down tree (the sparse branches resemble roots), cream of […] read more

Sicyos villosus

Cucurbitaceae Sicyos villosus
Scale 7 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Play: This plant is EXTINCT.
Fact: Darwin’s single dried specimen of Sicyos villosus, collected during the Beagle voyage, appears to be the only piece of evidence that showed this plant ever existed.

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Sicyos is a flowering plant genus of the family Cucurbitaceae. Members of the genus are commonly known as burr cucumbers.[2] (From Wikipedia, August 2015) read more

Galapagos Prickly Pear

Opuntia echios
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: This prickly pear is a favourite meal for the Galápagos tortoises. It’s presence is also a selective pressure and has resulted in changes to the tortoise’s shell.

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Opuntia echios is a species of plant in the Cactaceae family. It is endemic to theGalápagos Islands (Ecuador) and is commonly known as the Galápagos prickly pear, but there are five other species of prickly pears that also are endemic to the archipelago (O. galapageia, O. helleri, O. insularis, O. megasperma and O. saxicola). There […] read more

Lathyrus nervosus

Lathyrus nervosus
Scale 6 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: During the Beagle voyage, this pea plant specimen was collected in Bahia Blanca, near Buenos Aires on October 2nd, 1832.

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Lathyrus /ˈlæθɨrəs/[1] is a genus of flowering plant species known as sweet peas and vetchlings. Lathyrus is in thelegume family, Fabaceae, and contains approximately 160 species. They are native to temperate areas, with a breakdown of 52 species in Europe, 30 species in North America, 78 in Asia, 24 in tropical East Africa, and 24 […] read more

Cinchona tree

Cinchona genus
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: The drug quinine is isolated from cinchona.

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Cinchona, common name quina, is a genus of about 25 recognized species in the family Rubiaceae, native to the tropical Andes forests of western South America.[2] A few species are reportedly naturalized in Central America, Jamaica, French Polynesia, Sulawesi, Saint Helena in the South Atlantic, and São Tome & Principe off the coast of tropical […] read more