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The Artful Amoeba

An Eye-Popping New Look at Flowers’ Highly Public Private Parts

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People who lack the gardening bug often regard flowers like fashion models: pretty but boring. Jens Petersen, the man who gave us the groundbreaking photographs of fungi in “The Kingdom of Fungi”, which I reviewed here in March, has a new book of photographs (still available only in Danish, unfortunately, and called Blomsterliv — “Flower [...]

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MegaGrass Discovered in Mediterranean Marine Meadows

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  In the world of gigantic plant and fungus clones, there is no lack of contenders for the title Oldest, Heaviest, and Most Ginormous. The humongous fungus is a mushroom-producing parasitic fungus called Armillaria bulbosa that spans 635 m, is estimated to weigh 21,000 pounds, and is over 1,500 years old. Pando, (aka “The Trembling [...]

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The Story of Spigelia genuflexa, or, Why Biology Needs YOU

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The above plant is a sweet little creature, yet may not seem particularly noteworthy. But it did to a handyman named Jose Carlos Mendes Santos, who found it in the backyard of an amateur Russian botanist named Alex Popovkin in northeast Brazil, took the trouble to carefully uproot it, and shared it with his employer. [...]

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800,000 Manmade Plant Fossils (and counting)

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When I took botany and taxonomy of vascular plants in college, we spent many an hour poring over specimens under dissecting microscopes pulled with tweezers from smelly jars of preserving liquid. I was always a bit dubious about this prospect, although the result generally justified the effort. We also had some fresh specimens or live [...]

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Lucky Mycologist Finds Lost Smut

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Not long ago I was perusing some old press releases when I stumbled onto an interesting tidbit buried in one from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (I know I probably said that like a dumb American since I don’t know what people actually call it in the UK, but let’s face it: I am [...]

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