Phytoplankton

Desmidiales Order
Scale 2 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: Desmids are a type of green algae. They assume a veriety of highly symmetrical and attractive shapes.

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Graphic by Ernst Haeckel
Desmids (Gr. desmos, bond or chain) are an order (Desmidiales) in the Charophyta, a division of green algae that forms a sister group to the land plants (Embryophyta).[1] The desmids are often treated as members of the Zygnematales, as family Desmidiaceae.[2][3] The Desmidiales comprise around 40 genera and 5,000[4] to 6,000[5] species, found mostly but […] read more

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1

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Fact: Because of the great age of this species, it is sometimes described as a living fossil.

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Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree, Chilean pine, orpehuén) is an evergreen tree growing to 40 m (130 ft) tall with a 2-m (7-ft) trunk diameter. The tree is native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina.[1] Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in theconifer genus Araucaria. Because of the great […] read more

Wild Daffodil

Narcissus pseudonarcissus
Scale 5 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: In Britain native populations have decreased substantially since the 19th century due to intensification of agriculture, clearance of woodland and uprooting of the bulbs for use in gardens.

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Graphic by John Curtis (1836)
Narcissus pseudonarcissus (commonly known as wild daffodil or Lent lily) is a perennial flowering plant.[1][2][3][4][5][6] This species has pale yellow flowers, with a darker central trumpet. The long, narrow leaves are slightly greyish green in colour and rise from the base of the stem. The plant grows from a bulb. The flowers produce seeds, which […] read more

Scots Pine

Pinus sylvestris
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: In Britain it now occurs naturally only in Scotland, but historical and archaeological records indicate that it also one occured in Wales and England.

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Graphic by O. W. Thomé (1885)
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) is a species of pine that is native to Europe and Asia, ranging from western Europe to eastern Siberia, south to the Caucasus Mountains and Anatolia, and north to well inside the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia. In the north of its range, it occurs from sea level to 1,000 m, […] read more

Oxeye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare
Scale 7 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: The Oxeye Daisy is considered an invasive species in many parts of the world. It is difficult to control or eradicate, since a new plant can regenerate from rhizome fragments.

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Graphic by Mentz and Ostenfeld (1917-27)
Leucanthemum vulgare, the ox-eye daisy[2] or oxeye daisy,[3] is a widespread flowering plant native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia and an introduced plant to North America, Australia and New Zealand. It is one of a number of Asteraceae family plants to be called a “daisy”, and has the vernacular names common daisy, […] read more

Common Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale
Scale 5 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: T. officinale is considered a weed, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but it is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation.

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Graphic by W. Kilburn (1777-98)
Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion (often simply called “dandelion“), is a floweringherbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae (Compositae). It can be found growing in temperateregions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides, on disturbed banks and shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils. T. officinale is considered a weed, especially in […] read more