2000 year-old seeds were discovered in Israel around 1965 and were held in storage for the next 40 years. After they were planted, a tree that has been extinct for 1800 years and has seeds that are larger than those of both modern cultivated date palms and wild plants sprouted theguardian.com/environme…
The "heart" shape, used to indicate love, likely originated as a depiction of the seed pod of the plant Silphium, which was used in ancient Rome as a contraceptive. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about 'Botanical Sexism', a process by which urban landscapers, in an effort to keep streets clear of seeds & flowers, plant only male trees. The male trees lack the seeds of their female counterparts & as the trees get bigger, their pollen counts increases which can worsen seasonal allergies. earth.com/news/botanical-…
Coffee beans are not actually beans, they are actually the seed of the coffea plant and are inside the red or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry. Even though the coffee beans are not technically beans, they are referred to as such because of their resemblance to true beans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
It's not uncommon for tomato plants to sprout up around sweage treatment plants. The seeds can pass through the digestive tract and germinate in overflow areas. coastreporter.net/news/lo…
Today I learned about Nikolai Vavilov who, obsessed with ending famine, created the world's largest collection of plant seeds, advancing the genetic study of cultivated plants. He faced anti-Mendelian forces during the Stalin era, leading to arrest in 1940. Ironically, he died in captivity, by starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
The area denial weapon the caltrop/caltrap is named after a plant whose seeds are that shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Russian scientists managed to grow 32,000-year-old plants from seeds they found encased in ice in Siberia nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
In WWII , scientists at the Vavilov Institute of Plant protected the seeds from the threats of cold, hungry residents of the besieged city, rats, and their own hunger. 28 of the botanists died of starvation, protecting their collection Today invaluably stored at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault theconversation.com/the-t…
Female cannabis plants can be tricked into producing pollen, thus creating "feminized seeds" ! superseedfeminizer.ca/
The Shepherd's Purse plant is considered a protocarnivore. The seeds of the plant attract and kill worms, which then decay and enrich the surrounding soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
There is a more extreme form of veganism called fruitarianism where you can only eat plant parts that do not damage the plant -primarily fruits, nuts, and seeds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fru…
Cilantro and Coriander come from the same plant. Cilantro is the leaves, and Coriander is the seeds. freep.com/story/life/food…
The giant prickly thistle "Miss Willmott's Ghost" gets its name because eccentric horticulturist Ellen Willmott would secretly plant its seeds in friends' gardens. She also employed a hundred male gardeners, and carried a revolver in her handbag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
Silphium is an extinct plant that the Romans used as an aphrodesiac and contraceptive, and its seed's shape is linked with the heart symbol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The seeds of the Abrus precatorius plant contain the toxin abrin. Abrin is fatal at just 1/75 the dose of ricin. Abrin has an LD50 of 0.56 ΞΌg/kg in mice, and Kingsbury lists a toxic dose in humans at 0.00015% body weight, or approximately 0.1 mg for a 150 lb human. One chewed seed can be fatal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
There is a secure seed bank on a remote arctic island of Norway. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of different plant species in case of a global catasthrophe. It has a capacity of 4.5 million seed samples! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
Vanilla beans are seed pods that grow on an orchid plant. The vanilla orchid grows like a vine and flowers after reaching 20-30ft in length. Once the flowers bloom they only remain open a few hours, and when they're pollinated (generally by hand) the seed pods develop. orchidsmadeeasy.com/vanil…
In 2007, seeds were found frozen below the permafrost. Thought to have been buried by Arctic ground squirrels around 31,500 to 32,300 years ago in the Ice Age. Out of 600,000 seeds, three embryos successfully germinated into plants. Currently the oldest confirmed viable seeds on Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Three border collies have been trained to run around a Chilean forest devastated by wildfire while wearing special backpacks that release native plant seeds. greenmatters.com/living/2…
Tumbleweeds aren’t just dead plants rolling around aimlessly. They also have a strategy; to disperse their seeds, shaking loose thousands of them as they roll. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
Today I learned about Fruitarianism, where people only eat fruits and seeds, typically due to having ethical issues even killing plants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fru…
Cilantro and coriander come from the same plant, coriandum sativum . The leaves are Cilantro, the seeds are Coriander. curiouscuisiniere.com/cil…
The scientific name of rice is Oryza sativa, and it is not related to Cannabis sativa. Sativa, sativus, and sativum are Latin botanical adjectives meaning cultivated often associated botanically with plants that promote good health and used to designate certain seed-grown domestic crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ory…
'atomic gardening', where seeds are planted around a radioactive source, has resulted in hundreds of plants like the Ruby Red Grapefruit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
Neonics pesticides introduced to plants at the seed stage act like an appetite suppressant for birds, making them lose weight within hours. nationalgeographic.com/en…
Bananas have no seeds as they are a sterile hybrid between two species (Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana), and the production of seeds is not necessary to get the fruit. As the plant can only reproduce through cloning, all the bananas in a package are usually clones of the same banana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The heart shaped seeds of the Silphium plant is why we associate hearts with romance. Besides being used in food and medicine, Silphium was one of the first genuinely effective birth control. It's believed the Romans drove it to extinction. bbc.com/future/story/2017…
In the UK it is illegal under the Plant Variety and Seeds Act 1964 (with many amendments) for an individual or organisation to give, trade or sell seed of an older variety of wheat (or any other agricultural crop) to a third party for growing purposes, subject to a significant fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Peanuts are one of the rare plants that sow their own seeds in a process called Geocarpy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
By eating herbivores with seeds in their stomachs and then leaving scat across a large range, cougars are able to plant around 94,000 plants a year. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of sensimilla which is a female cannabis plant that has been prevented from being fertilized and thus grows without seeds. The plant produces flower with a higher THC content since it is no longer putting energy into producing seeds. coloradopotguide.com/mari…
Black pepper and white pepper are actually the same plant. Black = cooked and dried unripe fruit, white = ripe fruit seeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about the three border collies trained to run like the wind to bring new life to Chilean forest devastated by wildfires, wearing backpacks releasing native plant seeds mnn.com/family/pets/stori…
Some plants that relied on extinct animals to disperse their seeds now rely on rodents, who will bury them. The seeds travel further when other rodents steal them, and bury them again, and again, and again, etc. pnas.org/content/109/31/1…
Carrots are biennial plants. In the first year, the plant grows leaves, stems, and roots then enters a period of dormancy over the colder months. During the next spring of summer, the plant bolts; this is where the plant flowers, producing seeds before it dies. Carrots are inedible then! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bie…
In 1941 the world’s largest seed bank (created by botanist Nikolai Vavilov) was housed in Leningrad. As the Germans surrounded the city forcing mass starvation, Vavilov’s scientists refused to eat from the collection, slowly dying of hunger as they maintained 16 rooms of edible plants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Agriculture was not invented by humans: Fijian ants began farming fruit millions of years ago, gathering seeds, seeking out cracks in tree bark to plant them in before fertilizing them with their own poop npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The "heat" in a chili (level of capsicum) protects the plant against would-be mammal predators as their digestive system destroy the seeds, whereas bird's digestive systems encourage chili seeds to germinate. Additionally, the capsicum provides protection against harmful microbes. australiangeographic.com.…
Fruit basically exists because animals like to eat it and poop the seeds thus germinating the plant and increasing it's long term survival as a species. phys.org/news/2018-10-evi…
Huckleberry bushes only grow fruit in the Wild and all attempts to Cultivate a berry producing plant from seed have failed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huc…
In 2013, scientists were able to plant and grow an extinct tree from 2000 year old seeds treehugger.com/natural-sc…
, that Schinus therebintifolia, the Brazilian Peppertree also known as rose peppercorn, is a Category I pest classified by The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FL EPPC) and the 'species, including the seed, is legally prohibited from sale, transport, or planting in Florida'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Several species of plants in wildfire prone areas have adapted unique features that use the fire itself for survival. From seed pods encased in resin that melt away during a fire to seeds that require the chemical signals from smoke and charred plant matter to break decades of seed dormancy britannica.com/list/5-ama…
"True Potato Seeds" are what they call the actual seeds that come from a tomato-like fruit of the Potato plant. But all commercially grown varieties come from small or cut up pieces of the original tuber, called: "Potato Seed" gardeningknowhow.com/edib…
The difference between herbs and spices: herbs come from the leaf of a plant, while spices come from other parts such as roots, bark and seeds. So cilantro is an herb (coriander leaf) while coriander is a spice (coriander seed). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Bananas can't reproduce but are one of the best diets for one's reproduction. The plants can't successfully make the cells it needs to reproduce, if it can't reproduce it can't make seeds, and that is why bananas (or seedless watermelons) don't have seeds. jamesandthegiantcorn.com/…
Sesame is a desert plant and is extremely drought tolerant. Its seeds are commercially cultivated almost solely in desert areas. westcoastseeds.com/blogs/…

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