Plants need light to feed themselves, so they grow in ways that help them collect as much of it as they can. Sometimes that’s straight up, but not always.
David Attenborough’s new BBC documentary The Green Planet shows plants are stranger than they first appear.
Eucalyptusdom is a testament to the utilitarian and cultural life of a remarkable tree.
When a plant is stressed, it mobilises its resources and often converts its starch reserves back to sugar. As soon as this happens, the stressed plant becomes sweeter than its healthier neighbours.
The phenomenon is called heliotropism, and sunflowers are most famous for it. But why do they track the sun? And how?
Spring is rapidly approaching and many birds are hunting for the best nesting sites. Competition is fierce — especially for species that nest in tree hollows.
It’s no coincidence that more books about trees are popping up. There is an air of desperation in new books by Peter Wohllben, Janine Burke and others.
Many threatened plant species aren’t being targeted for conservation. Identifying which are closest to being lost forever is the first step to protect them.
New research found colour played a major role skewing researcher bias — pretty, vibrant flowers get more scientific attention than dull plants, regardless of their ecological significance.
Native deciduous trees are rare in Australia, which means many of the red, yellow and brown leaves we associate with autumn come from introduced species.
We may think of plants as passive life forms, but they can cooperate, share resources, send one another warnings, and distance themselves from their communities when survival depends on it.
This Easter, read about this remarkable species of resurrection fern — plants that appear dead and dry, but under the right conditions rapidly spring to life.
Glaciers support a unique community of plants, many of which are found nowhere else.
For some sand-dwelling plants, stickiness is a defense tactic that keeps predators at bay.
As invasive species transform the world, frontline agencies take solace that species needing unique partners can’t invade alone. A new study on figs shows they may find new partners to invade anyway.
Researchers have unearthed a ‘biological switch’ which could boost crop yield worldwide.
Johann August Ludwig Preiss was the first professional botanist to systematically collect flora in the Colony of Western Australia. Yet he is little remembered today.
Scientists still report species as being ‘discovered’, even if they’ve been used by local populations for years.
Botany was an integral feature of Britain’s colonial and imperial ambitions.
New research has pinpointed the genetic boost behind one of the biggest transformations of life on Earth.