Monthly Archives: May 2013

What’stomata with you?

Tiny little mouths. Swarms of them on every leaf, gaping wide open or clamping shut in order to keep their plants alive. They’re called stomata and help prevent plants from losing so much water that they dehydrate whilst allowing enough … Continue reading

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Giant hairy berries.

Sometimes, on my MSc course, I learnt things that really stuck with me. Things that once you know, you can’t un-know. One such thing is that oranges are full of hairs. The fruit type is called a ‘hesperidium’ and each … Continue reading

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Some families united purely by awesomeness (ok, and genetics).

Plants are a weird bunch. We’ve known this for a very long time but since genetics and all its assorted magic came into being, we’ve found out that they’re weirder than we ever even imagined. This post is about three … Continue reading

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The wasps do WHAT?

Figs. Their leaves have acted as preservers of modesty for millennia, they are lovely with Parma Ham and nothing beats a fig jam and soft cheese breakfast wrap (honestly, food of the gods). They are also sex dungeons. Sex dungeons … Continue reading

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