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Sacred Datura: Photos of a Beautiful (But Poisonous) Plant
Strong roots, sacred datura
December 20th, 2015
Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) is a night-blooming herbaceous perennial that is common in the arid regions of the United States, Baja and northern Mexico.
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Smelly Corpse Flower Set to Bloom
titan arum
November 18th, 2014
In a matter of days, perhaps hours, a rare corpse flower will bloom in upstate New York. True to its name, the plant is expected to unleash a stench like rotting flesh.
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Rare Blue Flowers Reveal How Petals Get Their Color
Blue petunia
January 2nd, 2014
Unusual blue petunias reveal a molecular trick that plants use to create vibrantly colored petals. The finding might open the door for all sorts of new flower hues.
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Common Mullein: Stunning Photos of the 'Flannel Leaf' Plant
Common mullein - leaves
August 30th, 2015
Common mullein, Verbascum thapsus, is a perennial herb that was first introduced into the United States in the mid-1700s. Check out these photos of a fascinating plant.
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Dino-Killing Impact Remade Plant Kingdom, Too
September 16th, 2014
Harsh conditions after the dino-killing meteor impact favored fast-growing plants, nudging forests toward a new pecking order
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Ancient Roots: Flowers May Have Existed When First Dinosaur Was Born
an artist's illustration of a Nyasasaurus, considered the oldest known dinosaur, from the Middle Triassic of Tanzania.
October 1st, 2013
Scientists have unearthed ancient pollen grains with microscopic features typically seen in flowering plants. These well-preserved fossils are 245 million years old, dating back to the earliest known dinosaur in the Middle Triassic period.
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What's the Origin of Valentine's Day?
January 23rd, 2013
Valentine's Day has its roots in ancient Rome. Sweetheart cards, conversation hearts, and flowers also have dated origins. Life's Little Mysteries explains the holiday's ancient roots.
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Controversy Blooms Over Earliest Flower Fossil
Jurassic flower fossil
April 8th, 2015
A tiny flower pressed between layers of sandstone for more than 160 million years could be the earliest angiosperm fossil ever found.
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How Flower Petals Get Their Shape
April 30th, 2013
The results of the study explain why leaves are pointy and flower petals have more rounded ends.
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