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The Miracle Fruit

The Miracle Fruit

Synsepalum dulcificum gets its common name of miracle fruit because it does something that seems miraculous when you experience it. If you can find a miracle fruit, try the miracle for yourself by cutting open a lime or lemon and tasting it. Sour, right? Now, eat the...

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The Uses of Saw Palmetto

The Uses of Saw Palmetto

Florida's native saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) recently made the news. It was added to Florida's list of Commercially Exploited Plants in July 2018. This means that commercial collectors of saw palmetto fruits must acquire landowners' permission and a state collecting...

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A Butterfly Magnet

A Butterfly Magnet

Photo: Chuck Hubbuch Porterweed is a common name for plants in the genus Stachytarpheta. Some of these plants are cultivated for their attractive flowers and their traditional medicinal uses. Some for so long that their origins are no longer clear. Names of these...

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Ragweed

Ragweed

Photo: Chuck Hubbuch Common ragweed is known to botanists as Ambrosia artemisiifolia. This is an interesting choice for a scientific name. To the ancient Greeks, ambrosia was the food of the gods. It conferred immortality to those who ate it. Ambrosia has also...

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Coontie

Coontie

Photo: Florida Hikes, Flickr Creative Commons Over three hundred species of cycads range throughout the warm regions of the world. Superficially, they look similar to palms but they have an ancient lineage with fossil records dating back to the time of the dinosaurs....

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From Little Acorns

From Little Acorns

Photo: Chuck Hubbuch The oak genus is comprised of approximately three hundred to six hundred species. The difference between the two numbers is large. As sometimes happens in large plant genera, some botanists want to lump related plants together while others want to...

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The Happy Tree – Camptotheca

The Happy Tree – Camptotheca

Photo: Chuck Hubbuch Two species of Camptotheca grow in Asia. Only one has a commercial value, Camptotheca acuminata. The Chinese name for Camptotheca acuminata translates to "happy tree". Traditionally, it was used in China for a wide variety of problems including...

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Sugar and Other Sweetners

Sugar and Other Sweetners

Tangerine Photo: Chuck Hubbuch   According to the University of California San Francisco, the average American consumes about sixty-six pounds of sugar per year. Nutritionists say that is too much but we will leave the health issues of sugar for you and your...

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Peppers and Pipers

Peppers and Pipers

Piper auritum Photo by Chuck Hubbuch The genus Piper is one of the members of a comparatively small plant family, the Piperaceae. However, it is a fairly large genus of one to two thousand species that occur naturally throughout the world's tropics. Piper species...

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