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  • This article summaries how the pineapple caused a sensation when introduced to Europeans in the late 1400s, and why the love and fascination for the fruit hasn't diminished to the present day.

    15 Unusual Facts About the Pineapple

    15 Unusual Facts About the Pineapple

    by Kelley Marks4

  • TheCereus repandus f. Monstrosa or Monstrose Apple Cactus as it is commonly known is found in gardens in Arizona and for a month in the Spring each year produces beautiful flowers, each lasting one day, for about a month.

    Beautiful Monstrose Apple Cactus in Bloom

    Beautiful Monstrose Apple Cactus in Bloom

    by Chuck Nugent4

  • The fate of an American landmark is one of the saddest stories in recent history. The American Chestnut tree was an integral part of the forest landscape when settlers arrived on American shores. However after a airborne virus was introduced, the trees were wiped out by the billions.

    America's Vanished Treasures: The American Chestnut Tree

    America's Vanished Treasures: The American Chestnut Tree

    by Nathan M0

  • Plants are a beautiful part of nature, a benefit to life on earth. They affect the food supply and the air we breath. The Manchineel Tree is a poisonous example of plant life. Marked in the Guiness World Book of Records as the most dangerous tree on earth, one bite of its fruit may be fatal.

    The Manchineel Tree

    The Manchineel Tree

    by Deborah Minter0

  • A humble, misunderstood, and unappreciated vegetable, the rutabaga needs a spin doctor to improve its image; I am not here to provide that service.

    The Care and Feeding of Rutabagas

    The Care and Feeding of Rutabagas

    by Rupert Taylor26

  • Western red cedar (or western redcedar) is a common and important tree in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The tree was once very significant in First Nations culture and has some interesting features.

    40 Facts About Western Red Cedar in Nature and Culture

    40 Facts About Western Red Cedar in Nature and Culture

    by Linda Crampton34

  • Tomatoes are nutritious fruits (or vegetables) with an interesting history, but they often lack flavor compared to tomatoes of the past. A discovery by scientists should be helpful in creating tastier fruits. Some strategies for obtaining tomatoes with a better taste already exist.

    Tomatoes: Plant Facts, Interesting History, and Fruit Flavor

    Tomatoes: Plant Facts, Interesting History, and Fruit Flavor

    by Linda Crampton48

  • The bunya pine produces huge and often very heavy cones. Its large seeds are both edible and tasty. The tree has a strange appearance and some unusual features.

    The Bunya Pine: A Strange and Useful Tree

    The Bunya Pine: A Strange and Useful Tree

    by Linda Crampton104

  • The dragon blood tree of Socotra Island has an unusual appearance. It secretes a red resin known as dragon's blood when its bark is injured. The resin is used in many ways. The island is home to other fascinating and often unique organisms besides the tree.

    The Strange Dragon Blood Tree of Socotra Island

    The Strange Dragon Blood Tree of Socotra Island

    by Linda Crampton52

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