Holly and ivy, although festive reminders of winter holidays, are aggressive invasive plant species taking over habitats here in the United States.
The Ents: they’re walking, talking trees, and they are a figment of Tolkien’s imagination, right? Not quite. Tree species around the world can cooperate via their fungal friends, and they are connected to each other through a complex web of ecological interrelationships that sounds like it has leaped off of the pages of a fantasy [...]
Plants grow naturally within a particular area, or range. Over the centuries, travelers – including specialist botanist and plantsmen – have brought back new and attractive species to their home countries. While some have remained in botanical gardens or cultivated with tender loving care by gardeners, others have adapted rapidly to their new environments – [...]
The rainforest plant Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the titan arum, lays claim to the dubious title of the world’s smelliest plant. But there’s more to it than just the smell of rotting flesh – it also produces what’s probably the world’s largest bloom in a short but spectacular flowering which regularly attracts many curious [...]