Bird of Paradise

The most famous and noticeable part of bird-of-paradise is its flowers. Set atop long stalks that can reach five feet in height, the flowers have a complex structure with bright colors and copious nectar to entice their bird pollinators.

The Bird of Paradise, belonging to the genus Strelitzia, is a group of flowering plants renowned for their distinctive and ornamental features. This post aims to explore the taxonomy, description, biology, propagation, species and hybrids, allergenicity, and symbolism associated with the Bird of Paradise.

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Cleavers (Galium Aparine)

Galium is derived from the Greek word Gala, meaning “milk”. Aparine is derived from a Greek word that means “to seize”.

Galium aparine, commonly known as cleavers or sticky willy, is a herbaceous annual plant belonging to the Rubiaceae family. It is native to North America, Europe, and parts of Asia.

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Pando- The Trembling Giant

Pando, also known as the Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of quaking aspen trees (Populus tremuloides) located in the Fishlake National Forest[1] in Utah, USA. One of the world’s oldest and most massive living organisms is a grove of quaking aspens.

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What is a Joshua Tree

Joshua trees play a crucial role in the desert ecosystem

A Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia – also known as yucca palm, tree yucca, and palm tree yucca) is a distinctive plant species native to the southwestern United States, primarily found in the Mojave Desert. It is known for its unique and striking appearance, characterized by its tall, branching stems topped with clusters of spiky, greenish-blue leaves.

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What is Colitas?

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, warm smell of colitis rising up through the air.

Hotel California is an Eagles song written by Don Felder, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey. The song opens with the lines, “On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair. Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air”. This had me always wondering what Colitas was. I had assumed it was a plant, or flower, growing in the desert. I wasn’t really that wrong.

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The Poison Manchineel Tree

“The little apple of death.”

All through the coasts of the Caribbean, Central America, the northern edges of South America, and even in south Florida, there can be found a pleasant-looking beachy sort of tree, often laden with small greenish-yellow fruits that look not unlike apples.

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