Even the slightest touch of a D. moroides leaf can cause excruciating pain. An intense stinging, burning pain is felt immediately, then intensifies, reaching a peak after 20 – 30 minutes.
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Depending on the species, touching a stinging tree can be like 30 wasp stings at once or being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time.
Xanthorrhoea have no real trunk – just tightly packed leaves.
Grass trees are wonderfully odd. They fit no neat definition, and can live up to 600 years.
To grow tall enough to reach the canopy, a species of screw pine unique to Lord Howe Island has evolved its own rainwater harvesting system.
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How a species of screw pine unique to Lord Howe Island has evolved its own rainwater harvesting system that allows it to grow tall.
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Urban trees are literally made with the help of human breath – they turn the carbon dioxide we breathe out into the building blocks of plant growth. So your local trees have a piece of you inside them.
The sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty, July 1, 2018.
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July is the hottest month in much of North America. Experts explain who is most affected by heat waves and ways to cope with them.
Mature trees have horizontal branches that are attractive to wildlife and birds.
The ecological value of old trees is irreplaceable for native Australian fauna. Identifying and preserving these trees in cities through smarter planning strategies is important for local wildlife.
There should be caution in jumping on the “forests are always better” bandwagon.
It's important to be wary of planting trees in places where none exist, or where there are significant water constraints.
It's hard to measure the value of a tree, but scientists equipped with lasers have come one step closer.
Wollemi pines once covered prehistoric Australia.
Wollemi pines have survived for hundreds of millions of years. Once covering Australia, they now survive in a few isolated spots – but they're coming back in a big way.
An ancient giant.
Despite them living for up to 2,500 years, researchers have discovered several baobab trees in Africa have died. Aida Cuni Sanchez on why these trees have a special place in our world.
The Bunya pine is a unique and majestic Australian tree that commands respect.
Enviva’s wood pellet plant in Ahoskie, NC.
Deriving fuel from trees costs more than wind and solar power and it emits more carbon than coal. There are many heated debates about this kind of energy, known as forest or woody biomass.
For a megacity, Tokyo is rich in trees.
In an increasingly urban world, trees can make a major difference. One study found that, for every dollar invested in planting, megacities saw a $2.50 return on their investment.
Different kinds of plants make different kinds of seeds. Some seeds grow into trees and other seeds grow into other kinds of plants.
Trees evolved many times around the world.
Europe loses as many trees to storms each year as Poland produces in timber. Until now, the models for predicting which trees are at risk have not been good enough.
Bridge built by CCC workers, Shady Lake Recreation Area, Arkansas.
On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a massive relief program that paid young men to plant trees and build parks across the nation. It was money well spent.
City trees don’t just look after themselves.
Tree bonds are set to be introduced by a Melbourne city council to protect city trees. But how do they work and why are they needed?
The history of the rubber 'boom' reveals why.
It’s as if Socrates’ remark that 'the trees teach me nothing' is very much still the attitude today.
Calamophyton Forest colour copy.
Cladoxylopsid trees were hugely complex and very different to those we have now.