Equisetum is the last living genus in the family Equisitaceae, and is closely related to ferns. The stems contain crystals of silica which make them rough and gritty, helping protect the plant from herbivory. It has also been used to clean pots and cookware, giving it the common name “Scouring rush”. Follow for more plant facts and photos! #growbotany #plantscience #dailyplantfacts #ferns #gardens #plants #botany #berkeley #ucbotanicalgardens #equisetum #horsetail (at University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley)
Basil is a symbol of fertility and in Italy, basil is known as the symbol for love because the leaves resemble hearts. The Basil deva (plant spirit) is a protector of family, and burning basil oil will help to relieve negativity from the home. It l creates a sympathetic vibration and is often worn to assist in clashes with other people. Basil stimulates the conscious mind to invoke happiness. Opens the heart meridian-clears energy movement between the heart and the hands. Basil oil is also associated with clairvoyance, divination and honesty.
From my partner @marseelee
Do Plants Respond to Pain?
(Phys.org)—The ‘brightest’ thing in nature, the Pollia condensata fruit, does not get its blue colour from pigment but instead uses structural colour – a method of reflecting light of particular wavelengths- new research reveals. The study was published today in the journal PNAS.
Dr Beverley Glover from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences, who jointly led the research, said: “This obscure little plant has hit on a fantastic way of making an irresistible shiny, sparkly, multi-coloured, iridescent signal to every bird in the vicinity, without wasting any of its precious photosynthetic reserves on bird food. Evolution is very smart!”
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-african-fruit-brightest-nature-pigment.html#jCp
The Black Bat Flower - Tacca chantrieri, is a species of flowering plant in the yam family Dioscoreaceae.
Milkweed - Laura Van Dijk