Tag Archives: Botany

Go home, berries, you’re drunk.

What is a fruit? Botanically, this could lead you down a never ending pathway of obscure, highly specific yet often ill-defined and little used lingo, most of which boils down to ‘Well, err, fruit is complicated’. Frankly, fruit doesn’t know what … Continue reading

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Is it a grass? Is it a plane?

I will admit it has been a while, but I’m back! Oh no! And I have tales of botanical adventure most shocking. I’ve just started on a PhD in the department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems at the Open University. … Continue reading

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THIS IS NOT A FLOWER.

Daisies are not flowers. Neither are Dandelions, Thistles, Marigolds, Sunflowers, Dahlias and a whole host of other well-known plants with the archetypal ‘flower’ structure, as illustrated here with a glorious paint job by yours truly. No, my friends, I am … Continue reading

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So, taxonomy… That’s where you stuff dead animals, right?

I have a confession to make. If you ask me these sorts of questions: Should I plant my beans when the Moon is waning? Why are my Fuchsias going mouldy? Why are snails attacking my prize cabbages like tiny, hungry, … Continue reading

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What do ketchup, cigarettes and Harry Potter have in common?

They all contain members of the Solanaceae! Ok, ok, boring plant word but bear with me. Tomatoes, Tobacco and Mandrake (the screaming humanoid plant roots? You know? The horrifying ones with the cries that can kill you? Based on a … Continue reading

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Moss is sexually active and you just need to accept that.

Moss could possibly be accused of being a bit, well, un-exciting. It doesn’t run about, it doesn’t maul things and it certainly doesn’t keep us awake at night with its mating calls. But it does have sex. And no, I … Continue reading

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I’m jumping on the Blogwagon! Also, Bananas are fabulous.

People think plants are boring. No, really, I know it’s hard to believe, but they do. Grass? Boring.  Trees? Well, unless they’re on fire or killing orcs, probably boring. Vegetables? Definitely dull. However, a little incident occurred the other day … Continue reading

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