30 Interesting Facts about Plants

30 Interesting Facts About Plants

Fact 1

Torenia, known as the wishbone flower, is a colour-loving annual. Within its purple, blue or burgundy petals, you will find tiny wishbone-shape stamens.

Fact 2

The tallest-growing tree in the world is, Sequoia sempervirens, the coast redwood. It grows in California, along the Pacific Coast of the United States. However, it is no longer the oldest-developing tree in that arena. Pinus aristata, a bristlecone pine, has taken its stead.

Fact 3

The fastest-developing woody plant in the world is the Bamboo. In a single day, it could grow as fast as 35 inches long.

Fact 4

In Ohio, tomato juice is the official state beverage. This is in honor of A. W. Livingston of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, who played a key role in promoting the tomato in the late 1800s.

Fact 5

Even though, ancient Egypt was the first country to record the process of making wine 5000 years ago, there is archaeological evidence proving that grapes had been grown in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) about 8000 years ago to make wine.

Fact 6

In the 1600s, tulips were of high value in Holland. Their bulbs were costlier than gold. The fad, known as tulip mania or tulipomania, resulted in the fall of the Dutch economy. After being cut, Tulips can keep growing as tall as an inch per day.

Fact 7

Vanilla flavoring is produced from Vanilla planifolia, a pod of an orchid. Although the pods are known as vanilla beans, they are closer relatives to corn than green beans.

Fact 8

European Explorers viewed pineapple as a fruit that looked like a pine-corn with the flesh of an apple. From this viewpoint, they derived word, pineapple. Among the bromeliads, pineapple is the only edible fruit.

Fact 9

In botany, avocados and pumpkins are not vegetables but fruits, because they are seed bearing plants. On the contrary, Rhubarb is a vegetable.

Fact 10

Saffron is a flavoring used in Mediterranean cooking. It is harvested from Crocus sativus, the stigmas of a kind of fall-blooming crocus.

Fact 11

In 1825, Joel Poinsett, first U.S. minister to Mexico, brought to the United States, a plant called Poinsettias (a native plant of Mexico). The plant was named after him.

Fact 12

Cranberries would bounce and float in water if small pockets of air are put in them.

Fact 13

The largest unbranched flower in the world, Amorphophallus titanium, of Titan Arum, can grow up to 15 ft tall. It is called the corpse flower because, in its boom, it produces a scent like that of decaying meat. Rafflesia, a plant from the rain forest of Sumatra, provides a similar scent. Each plant life developed their scent to enable pollination by flies. The different blooms for butterflies and hummingbird do not compete with them.

Fact 14

The lovely Mediterranean-native flowering shrub, the Oleander (Nerium oleander), is wholly toxic. Consuming oleander leaves can result in gastrointestinal, cardiac, and central nervous system problems and even death.

Fact 15

In Greek, Iris means rainbow. In Greek mythology, Iris was the rainbow goddess. From the goddess Artemis, Wormwood (Artemisia) was named. From the god Asclepius, milkweed (Asclepias) was named. From the Greek goddess Hebe, Hebe was named.

Fact 16

La Fete du Muguet, the festival of the lily-of-the-valley, is celebrated on May 1 in France. It is celebrated by giving bouquets of lily-of-the-valley to cherished ones and wishing them well-being and joy.

Fact 17

Angiosperm are flowering plants. They are seeds inside capsules or fruits. Gymnosperms are nonflowering plants such as pines, spruces, firs, junipers, larches, cycads, and ginkgoes.

Fact 18

Snapdragon is flowers that look like a dragon. The dragon’s mouth will seem to open and close when its edges are squeezed.

Fact 19

A sunflower looks large, but each head consists of florets. Florets are tiny flowers, which ripen into seeds. This is same for all the plants in the within the sunflower family; daisies, yarrow, goldenrod, asters, coreopsis, and bachelor’s buttons.

Fact 20

Potatoes were first cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years.

Fact 21

Members of the rose family include; peaches, Pears, apricots, quinces, strawberries, apples and ornamental species such as spirea, mountain ash, goatsbeard, and ninebark.

Fact 22

Cranberries, Concord grapes, and blueberries are local and shared fruits in North America.

Fact 23

Nectarines do not have fuzzy skin, but peaches do. Grafting a nectarine branch into the peach or otherwise, will produce the two fruits.

Fact 24

The normally sized strawberry has 200 seeds. It is a unique fruit in that it bears its seed on the outside.

Fact 25

Cut onions bring tears to the eyes because of Sulfuric compounds. As stated by the National Onion Association, the problem can be reduced by chilling the onion and cutting its root end.

Fact 26

Unlike garlic, garlic mustard is a member of the mustard family. In the Eastern and Midwestern United States, this plant is a risk to other local plants and other dependable plants because of its hostile nature.

Fact 27

One of the oldest living tree species is the Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). It existed 250 million years ago. Another former species is the Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides). Before they were discovered alive, they were in the fossil record.

Fact 28

The longest-living organisms on earth are trees.

Fact 29

Peanuts are legumes and not nuts. They belong to the same group as beans and lentils. As stated by the National Peanut Board, they are richer in proteins than other nuts.

Fact 30

Identifying the world’s hottest pepper is still a challenge. In 2017, ‘Bhut Jolokia’ which is 401.5 times hotter than the bottled hot pepper sauce won the Guinness World Records title. In 2011, other more flaming chilis won the title.
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