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.
Lush moss beds in East Antarctica’s Windmill Islands.
Mosses are the only plants that can withstand life in East Antarctica's frozen landscape. But a new study shows that life is getting even harder, as ozone loss and climate change make conditions even drier.
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.
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Plant blindness can be solved but it wont be easy.
Idiospermum is otherwise known as “idiot fruit” or ribbonwood.
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In a few idyllic parts of Queensland grows the idiot fruit, a tall tree with intricate flowers and some of the largest seeds in Australia.
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.
People protest the shrinking of Bears Ears National Monument.
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Despite the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, passed by the US Congress 40 years ago, Native Americans still struggle to protect public lands where they practice their religions.
Pilostyles are only visible when their fruit and flowers erupt out of their host plants.
Only when flowering is Pilostyles visible externally, the flowers erupting from the stems of its host like a weird botanical Alien.
Melburnians admire the first primrose to arrive in the colony, transported by a Wardian case, in Edward Hopley’s A Primrose from England, circa 1855.
Bendigo Art Gallery, Gift of Mr and Mrs Leonard Lansell 1964.
A wood and glass case invented in the early 19th-century transformed the movement of plants around the world. In Melbourne, several thousand people greeted a primrose on its arrival from England.
Plant hackers at work: microscopic oomycete spores infiltrating a plant root.
Oomycete spores hack into plants to get what they need, causing agricultural disease. Can researchers figure out how to close plants' security loopholes and create more resilient crops?
A gardening expert reveals the simple things you can do to protect your garden during a heatwave.
Firefighters damping down the Winter Hill wildfire.
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How will important habitats recover from the wildfires which been blazing through moorland in northern England?
Berzelia stokoei, one of the 3% of plants in South Africa that are found nowhere else in the world.
There is good news for plant conservation in South Africa and internationally.
Sandpaper figs are the swiss army knife of Australian flora.
The Bunya pine is a unique and majestic Australian tree that commands respect.
The medicinal plants eaten by chimpanzees could develop improved traditional medicines.
The medicinal plants that chimpanzees feed on in the wild could hold the key in dealing with common diseases.
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.
That pre-sleep herbal tea may be doing many people a lot of good.
A shepherd with his flock in the Netherlands.
Humans have long been trying differentiate themselves from the rest of the biological world. Is it because we're superior, or just insecure?
Reconstruction of a Permian swamp.
Plants, in their fossil forms, can reveal a great deal about past environments and climates.