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.
Like many plants, onions have defenses to ward off creatures that may want to eat them. Their secret weapon is a kind of natural tear gas.
Masting is what biologists call the pattern of trees for miles around synchronizing to all produce lots of seeds – or very few. Why and how do they get on schedule?
Not only can plants survive fire, they can use the experience of being burned to prepare themselves for future blazes.
A new IPCC report has called for radical changes in food production to avoid catastrophic climate change. Rice-fish farming and mixed crops could help.
Plants clearly lack brains but does all intelligence have to look like our own?
A recent global survey found almost 600 plants have gone extinct. And this figure is likely to be an underestimate.
Leaves fall off trees when they aren’t doing their job any more. If there isn’t enough water, the leaf can be damaged and stop working.
Eucalypts have been in Australia for 45 million years. But hundreds of species appeared more recently than previously thought.
The guinea flower grows right across Australia.
There are over 100 species of wild coffee, but only a few supply the world's morning caffeine kick. Sadly, climate change and disease could be about to change that.
Archaeologists have found cloves and black pepper corns they believe to be more than 1,000 years old at a site in Sri Lanka.
Since plants can't pick up and move to greener pastures if conditions are tough, some have evolved interesting and sneaky strategies to make a living.
Plant blindness can be solved but it wont be easy.
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.
Sandpaper figs are the swiss army knife of Australian flora.
The Bunya pine is a unique and majestic Australian tree that commands respect.