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Saturday, November 12th, 2011
1:54 pm
Mystery Plant
Hi All,

Any idea what plant this is?

Saturday, July 7th, 2007
1:27 pm
New flower icon community and flower icon contest
There are new flower communities:

one where you can post flower icons:
floweric floweric floweric

and then a flower icon contest:
flower_icontest flower_icontest flower_icontest

come and join :)
Saturday, May 12th, 2007
6:47 pm
Titan Arum
Anyone watching the live feed of the Titan Arum that is about to flower in the States?

Cross posted to botanize_this
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
11:30 am
Hello and question
Hey to all,

I'm fairly new to the group and decided to introduce myself. I'm a devoted plant/garden lover and have a B.Sc. in Botany. Yay, so that's done.

Anyway, I was interested if anyone had ever had a papaya. I had one left over from an germination test, it was really fun you just eat a lot of tropical fruit save the seeds and try to germinate them and compare the rates and stuff. I've been growing it, but it suddenly lost all of its leaves, not that it had so many to begin with. I had planned to give it as a gift to a friend, but not looking mostly dead. I water it 1-2 times a week and fertilize once a month. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thursday, December 28th, 2006
11:55 am
Flora Identification Resource
If you life in California, or just wondering about California's plants, here is an excellent resource:

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
6:01 pm
Being new to both livejournal and this community, I thought I'd introduce myself.

My love of plants began when I was prepubescent and desperate to run away from home. I was determined to run away to the woods of Vermont (not very smart - very cold winters!) and live off of the plants. To that end, I went to the library, checked out books on edible plants, and began taking notes. My interest in plants endured even while my desire to run away from home waned. Botany has been a passion of mine ever since. I am especially interested in medicinal plants. I went to college with the intention of earning my bachelors degree in botany. I took an array of interesting courses, including (don't laugh too hard at my dorkiness!) plant systematics and a seminar in genetically modified crops. My interest in the medicinal properties of certain plants led me to chemistry. I attempted to double major in botany and chemistry, but ended up one course short for the official botany degree (it was just introductory cell bio, too ... I simply decided I'd rather take a more interesting upper-level chemistry course.)

At any rate, I am working towards a Ph.D in medicinal/organic chemistry. Since chemistry has taken over my life, however, I have begun to miss the time I used to spend studying plants. I have joined this community to have a forum in which to share my love of plants with people of similar predilections. I would definitely enjoy having my knowledge of plant systematics bolstered, if there are any other people out there who enjoy plant systematics as much as I do... (yeah, it's kind of odd, but I think the organization itself just appeals to me.)

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
9:01 am
flower I.D. question

I live in San Diego County, California, and occasionally take photographs in canyon parks. Someone asked me if I knew the identity of one of the flowers I'd taken a photo of, and I did not. I searched at http://www.calacademy.org/research/botany/wildflow/ and another California wildflower site, but I didn't see it. Maybe I missed it, or maybe the flower is not native to California.
Behind this cut are two photos I've taken of its type, from standing back a bit and in close-up. Both were taken in Marian Bear Memorial Park, if anyone wonders.

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Thanks in advance.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
3:53 pm
Hey there
I'm new here, and I have a question. I recently aquired a clipping of an unknown plant, and it flowered. (yay!)

...but I still don't know what it is. Does anyone know?

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Sunday, February 5th, 2006
3:55 pm
Plants Have Feelings Too!
Years ago in elementary school, I did a project for a science fair that involved talking to plants to see if it affected their growth. I have now re-created this experiment online, and I hope that some of this community is interested in it!

The project is called Plants Have Feelings Too. All you need to do is call a toll-free phone number, and you can choose to leave a message for the "Good" plant or the "Bad" plant. Say whatever you want to encourage/discourage the plants to grow!

Its a social experiment, as well as a peculiar journey into botany. Please check out my site, and give my plants a call!


Friday, December 16th, 2005
9:14 am
"Setsugekka no toki mottomo kimi wo omou"
Mention "Japan" to many younger North Americans like myself and images of high-quality consumer electronics and luxury automobiles quickly come to mind. Much less well known are the living treasures this fascinating country has bequeathed to the world. "Japanese" (in quotes, since many cultivated varieties share Chinese and Korean as well as Japanese origins) plants have been an obsession of mine since being introduced to them by a botany professor early in my university life. Today, these plants are considered among the most beautiful plants to be found anywhere in the world, celebrated as much for their flowers as their form.

I'm particularly keen on members of the family Theaceae, genus Camellia - the same genus containing the "tea" plant of commerce, Camellia sinensis. Camellia japonica is often referred to as the "queen of flowers." C. japonica trees over two hundred years old gracing the entrances to temples in their native Japan are not unknown. In the American South, this camellia species (known there simply as "japonica") is often regarded as the epitome of floral elegance. While their outdoor range is generally limited to the milder winter areas of North America, enthusiasts in colder areas maintain near-perfect specimens in the controlled environments of conservatories and greenhouses. That their bloom times often coincide with the drab grays of winter makes them all the more beloved.

Such is the case with a C. sasanqua "Setsugekka" I've maintained for many years and now in its floral glory here in southern Canada. The plant is believed to have both Chinese and Japanese heritage. The white, ruffled 4" flowers, set off by glossy, rich green leaves show particularly well on moonlit nights. The name "setsugekka" derives from snow (setsu), moon (getsu) and flowers (ka), elements that frequently weave through Japanese painting and fine arts. "Setsugekka no toki mottomo kimi wo omou" (When I see the snow, moon, or flower, I always think of you) comes from an ancient poem. In his 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech "Japan the Beautiful and Myself," Yasunari Kawabata discusses this phrase in some depth. Professor Isamu Kurita sheds some more light on Japanese art and views regarding nature here . Here's an ooniji camellia (or ooniji "tsubaki" as the camellia is called in Japanese) growing at my friend's house in Japan. And here's a flower close-up.

I tried to portray some of the gentle beauty of this classic flower in the pic thumbnailed below. While the 7+ megapixel pickup managed to render the textural subtleties quite well, sadly, the photo cannot capture the flower's delightfully sweet fragrance (similar to apple blossoms). Exposure: Canon lens 140mm 1/40th sec at f4.1 (Feel free to use this image for educational or other noncommercial purposes. The original (much larger) version is available for the asking (you don't have to be a livejournal user)...just drop me an email...see "user info" :)

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Good Health, everyone!

Steve's Setsugekka - Christmas 2005
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
11:27 pm
Help!! Effect of temperature on plant growth
hey..im new to the community n i was wondering if i cud get some help with a project. can anyone explain to me the effect of temperature on plant growth?? help would really be appreciated! =)

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
10:38 pm
I was hoping that someone here might be able to put a name to the most beautiful tree / bush / shrub I've seen. I found it growing along the side of a narrow mountain road in Queensland, Australia. The current season is winter and it's currently flowering.

The flower -

Grows on a branch -

On this -

Monday, August 15th, 2005
10:29 pm

Hello! I thought this might interest some of you. I'm selling 4 of my botany books on ebay to raise money for college. They are both interesting and informative. Please check out my auction and consider bidding. Thanks!

Look here

Sunday, July 17th, 2005
8:30 am
Plant, but what is it
A strange plant I have growing outside. It has small yellow flowers in the spring, which turn into "baskets," inside of each there is a single fruit about the size of a cherry, but green, and there's lots of space between the fruit and the basket.
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Thursday, June 30th, 2005
12:12 pm
Identification Question
Hi all! I'm new the community and I am horrible with plants. I recieved a kalanchoe blossfeldiana as a gift a while back from my husband. (That's what the tag says. I don't know if there is an easier name for it!) Now, I thought I was doing okay with it. Following the directions and all. Then, when I was picking off dead leaves today, I noticed this white stuff around pretty much all the main stocks. There's a picture behind the cut. Are they new growths or what?
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
8:46 am
Hey folks!
I hope you don't mind a plant ID question or two. The first two pictures are from West Fork Oak Creek Canyon, northern Arizona (ponderosa pine / spruce-fir), from mid-March, the third picture (which unfortunately is not so great) is from South Mountain, central Arizona (upper Sonoran), from early March.

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Any assistance would be highly appreciated. Thank you!
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
1:56 am
New Community
I have started a new community for highlighting recent publications in speciation and genome evolution. The intent of the community is to help keep everybody up to date on new papers in this growing field. It is not for discussing evolution vs. creationism/intelligent design. But if you have read a cool peer-review article, found a nice website, or a data analysis package please put up a post.


Friday, January 28th, 2005
11:21 am
Wow, I can't believe I found a community for this interest.

Can someone help me figure out what things I would write a review paper on for this topic:
Its for a plant physiology class. I need to try hard to not get into the genetics but like metabolism, etc.

Or actually, if you could suggest some other topic that I would be able to find at least 5 relevant journals/reviews on that would be awesome too.
All my ideas keep leaning toward the genetics and I know I really like that but its not what my teacher is looking for.

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