Curiosities about plants

There is a popular saying that you will never fall asleep without knowing something else, so we invite you to take a look at this article full of peculiarities of plants, curious flowers and interesting plants that you surely did not know. Discover below some of the curiosities of indoor and outdoor plants . Which ones did you know and which ones amaze you the most?

Trees are mostly dead cells

Interestingly only the leaves of the trees, the tips of the roots and a thin layer of the bark are actually alive. The rest only makes up the structure that provides support and firmness , which is composed of lignified cells (wood) that are dying. Taking this into account, it is easier to understand the importance of transplants, pruning or the prevention of wounds on the surface of the tree trunk.

What for us is a pleasant smell of freshly cut grass is nothing more than a clear distress signal emitted by the plant for other predators to come to its aid . That particular aroma produced by the expulsion of a chemical component is also produced when the plant is attacked by pests, such as caterpillars and other leaf eaters, to attract wasps, which are predators of these pests.

Plants recognize each other

All plants have the ability to recognize others of the same species . Experts have studied their behavior by sowing plants of the same species to confirm that, indeed, they are much less competitive, reaching altruism, with the rest of individuals of the same species. This can be clearly observed when checking how they give each other space to ensure their reproduction and protect themselves from both climatic agents and predators.

Plants appreciate music

Scientists have been amazed at how plants are not only capable of perceiving music, but also seem to like it quite a bit. This fact has been verified by means of the study with several species of terrestrial plants demonstrating that they are capable of reacting to different melodies improving their growth (or worsening it in cases of sounds that are not suitable for them).

The most widespread flowers in the world are roses

One of the curiosities of the most remarkable roses is that there are more than 35,000 varieties . This is due to the ease with which this species is able to hybridize, both naturally and by human hands. For this reason and because it is one of the world’s favorites, it is the most widely cultivated flowering plant in the world.

The giant trees filled with water

The baobab , also known as monkey bread, upside down tree or camel tree , is capable of holding up to 1,000 liters of water in times of drought. This is why it is compared to camels and is often called a camel tree.

Medicinal plants were discovered by animals

One of the curiosities of medicinal plants is their discovery by humans, which occurred by imitating the behavior that some animals have with different species of plants and the use they give them. A clear example is the celandine, also known as the swallow, due to the use that these birds make to favor the sight of their young.

Aromatic plants are also called protective plants

One of the curiosities of the most widespread aromatic plants is that, in the vast majority of cases, what seems to us an attractive aroma, causes the opposite effect on insects and repels them. For example, normally, fresh and critical odors serve as a natural repellent against annoying insects , such as flies or mosquitoes, and protect us from their possible bites and from appearing in pests.

Carnivorous plants respect pollinating insects

Without a doubt this is one of the curiosities of the most outstanding carnivorous plants . Although the main food source of carnivorous plants is insects, they also need pollinators for their reproduction. For this, many species have developed a natural mechanism that is based on separating the flower stem from the trap in order to avoid hunting pollinating insects . However, if a pollinating insect lands on one of your traps, the plant will most likely eat it.

Flowers have not always existed

One of the curiosities of angiosperm plants is that they have not existed since the beginning of the Earth. Moreover, these appeared for the first time about 140 million years ago , at which time we can speak of what is known as a flower or at least one that is clearly defined.

Other curiosities of the plants

Here we indicate more curiosities of the plant world:

  • Grayi Diphylleia is a transparent petal flower native to Japan.
  • Caffeine is a natural insecticide produced by plants to kill insects that try to feed on them.
  • Selaginella lepidophylla is a plant capable of surviving even losing 95% of its water and it is capable of “resuscitating” several years later even when it is dry.
  • A fossilized bee revealed to scientists that orchids are at least 10 million years old.
  • Plants called Titan Aurm (called giant ring, bunga bangkai, corpse flower or Amorphophallus titanum ) and Rafflesia arnoldii are considered to be the largest flower in the world . The first reaches up to 3 meters in height and the second has a flower of more than 90 centimeters in diameter and exceeds 10 kilos in weight.
  • The heaviest tree in the world is found in Utah with a total weight of 6,000 tons.
  • In the 17th century in Holland , tulip bulbs took on the value of the currency by becoming a luxury item.
  • Wolffia angusta is the smallest flowering plant in the world, not exceeding 0.5 mm.
  • Sunflowers move from east to west throughout the day following the sun
  • The fastest growing plant is the giant Myanmar bamboo capable of growing up to 0.3mm a day.
  • Oleander is one of the most poisonous flowers in the world. Ingesting its petals or the smell produced by burning them can cause dizziness, vomiting and even cardiorespiratory arrest.
  • Plants can commit suicide . There are studies that recognize the ability of some plant species to commit suicide if the conditions in which they are found are clearly adverse.
  • Carnivorous plants do not need you to feed them since game is not always their main source of food.
  • Roses are the most widely grown flowers in private gardens.
  • The oldest tree in the world is more than 4,800 years old.
  • In California’s Redwood National Park is the tallest tree in the world, a redwood over 115 meters.
  • According to the ancient Greeks , rosemary was the most powerful aphrodisiac, which is why they are consecrated to the goddess Aphrodite.
  • Dieffenbachia is a toxic plant whose juice is very irritating to the throat. Being able to leave the person without a voice for several days.
  • The dandelion plant is edible. Its leaves are rich in vitamin K, its flowers are used to make wine, and the root is used in the production of soft drinks.

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