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Plant Characteristics

By : Esther Choi

Plants Characteristics

Dedication to my young cousin and my friends. 

     The aloe plant has tons of gel inside of It's leaves. That can make us wonder why it does this. The Aloe Plant gel is amazing! It can heal people from damaged skin.

     Lot’s of plants has leaves, roots, flowers, and more other weird parts. But these plants can do cool things that are unexpected.

 

Dear Aloe Plant, what does your gel do?

 Aloe Plant

     Plant Characteristics has all the answers to the questions you guys are probably going to ask about.

     Well, what would the answer be?

     My gel can heal people from sunburns. It cools down the sunburn and It could make your burned skin fresh.

 

Aloe Plant

General Facts

Dear Rafflesia Arnoldii, why do you smell so bad?

 Rafflesia Arnoldii

     When I bloom rotten flesh grows on me. I know It’s disgusting but I have a reason. I’m trying to create bad smells so bugs will be attracted to me. I need pollen like other plants! Carrion Flies are usually the ones that give me pollen. But guess what? Not only Carrion Flies get attracted…..elephants also get attracted by my nasty smell. To get pollen successfully we need the Carrion Flies to visit the male AND female Rafflesia Arnoldii.

 

General Facts

Rafflesia Arnoldii

     My petals can reach 90 cm across and I  weigh about 10 kilograms. It takes about 10 months to grow enormous petals! There's something unusual about me that makes me different from other plants. I don’t have leaves and roots! You're probably asking how do I grow. All I need to grow is pollen, like I said. I was first found by a french scientist at Southeastern Asia.

 

     I have 2 permanent stems that grows about 500 mm tall. The 2 permanent stems are opposite of each other. The more we get older the more our stems start to bend and fall to the ground like ruined ribbons. Also when my stems become 4 meters tall the tip splits very little. Additionally, I grow until I reach my maximum height which is 4 meters.

 

Dear Welwitschia Mirabilis, what's cool about your stems and roots?

Welwitschia Mirabilis

General Facts

     My life span is about 400 to 1,500 years old. But few of us can live over 2000 years! My leaves will look like exhausted ribbons after a bad condition of the weather in my environment. Tree Tumbo, kharos, khurub, tweeblaar kanniedood, nyanka, and onyanga are all of my nicknames. I was first found in the Namib desert by an Austrian botanist, Friedrich Welwitschia at 1860.

 

Welwitschia Mirabilis

     My surface is full of mucus. Do you know why? I want to attract bugs and flies with my smelly mucus. If you wonder how my mucus smell, It smells like a rotten flesh and dead animals. I want to spread the bacterias that I have that's inside my mucus so, the bugs could eat the mucus. The flies also could feed themselves on the top of the surface. When the flies are on my surface they will take small cells from me.

 

Dear Clathrus Ruber, why do you have mucus?

Clathrus Ruber 

General Facts

Clathrus Ruber

     I have tons of different names that people call me. I can be called the Red Cage, Latticed Stinkhorn and, Basket Stinkhorn. I grow about 3.1 to 7.9 in. My arms are pretty thick! Their 1.5 mm thick. You guys probably thought I was born with the color red but my first color was pink then orange then red. I was first found in Europe and I look like a oval ball that’s destroyed. People usually find me in a grassy place like a garden or a lawn.

 

Dear Nerium Oleander, what happens when we touch you?

     I am very poisonous. 1 of my raw leaf can kill a person or a pet. The most poisonous parts are my leaves, twigs, stems, and flowers. When people digest one of my leaves, twigs, stems, or flowers It could cause a very threatening result. I could cause people to have low blood pressure, death, vomiting, heart issues, and more. Some people used to make tea with the leaves or flowers and drink it.

 

Nerium Oleander

     My final height is about 2-6 m tall. I grow 1-2 ft height every year! In year 2002, 847 people had to go to the poison center in the United States because of my poisonous parts. I could also be used when theres also a very bad snake-bite. I look really colorful and pretty. I have bright colors like pink, purple, and white. I was born really old. I was at the Ancient times.

 

Nerium Oleander 

General Facts

Dear Ricinus, are you useful for medical uses?

Ricinus Communis

     Oh yes! My leaves are the greatest part of my body. My leaves can protect your liver from poison! There are two parts of my body that makes me really useful. It’s the oil and the seed. The oil and the seed could help disorders, headache, aching feet, joint pains, leprosy, infections, and hair loss. In China, I was a medicine for sore throat.

     I was called the Ricinus because in Latin the word Ricinus means “Tick” and I looked like a tick in a close up. Castor Bean is my nickname. My stem is about 6 to 15 ft in height and when I grow to my maximum height I’m 5 meters tall and I am 4.5 meters wide. I was found in the old times. I was at the Egyptians Tomb. I was found In the Egyptians Tomb. Now I’m used on cosmetics, soaps, and medicines. I have about 40% of oil to 60% of oil! That is a lot of oil. I was originally used to kill cancer cells but now I’m used for a lot of different things.

Ricinus Communis

General Facts

     A lot of people said that I look like a dracula. My colors are purple, black, and green. I have black-purple spikes on me. And there’s a part of me that’s purple and It looks like a dracula cape. The seeds color are very dark colors like gray and brown. I also have a purple spadix that has a very dark purple color.

 

Dear Dracunculus Vulgaris, how do you look like a dracula?

Dracunculus Vulgaris

     The dark purple spadix can be 135 cm tall. Some people think my large spadix looks like a small dragon hiding. My roots are poisonous but no bad effects will happen. Another common name that I could be named is Dragonlily. I’m usually 2-3 ft high and I spread 1 to 2 ft high. I grew in Southern Europe and Northern Africa. I am mostly found in large populations.

Dracunculus Vulgaris

General Facts

Dear Abrus Precatorius, are you the most poisonous plant?

     I caused people to get nausea, liver failure, high blood pressure, and diarrhea for tons of days! People could get 150 heartbeats In a minute and people gets 60-100 heartbeats for average. I’m known because of my seed. My seed is the deadliest seed in the world. A animal ate the seed then got 34.5 hours of pain and died.

Abrus Precatorious

     Another common name for me is the Crab’s Eye because my seeds look like a eye from a crab. I am from the pea family and I’m poisonous to horses and cattles! The effect of the bean is kind of the same as being on drugs but 100 times worse. I am 75 times worse than a ricin poison.At 1898, I was a weapon. Long time ago, I was also used as jewelry because of the bright colors I have.

 

General Facts

Abrus Precatorius

Dear Victoria Amazonica, are you the biggest lily pad?

Victoria Amazonica

     I am the biggest lily pad. I’m 2.5 m across and my leaves could grow to 46 cm. Also I could hold 136 kilograms and I can hold a man! I’m probably the biggest lily pad because I stay on the water forever. The sun especially helps me a lot because it shines on me so I could grow more faster and better. Guess how much I grow each day? I grow about 6 inches in a day!

     I am named from a Queen. The queen name was Queen Victoria. My other name Is Giant Water Lilies. I was found at Amazon River. I was found in 1850 and I was very famous on the 19 century. My flowers were white at first then they turn to pink then they finally turn to green. I’m a female at first then I turn into a male. That's very unusual. Also my seed can be roasted and eaten by humans or animals.

 

General Facts

Victoria Amazonica

Dear Baobab, are you the most useful tree in the world?

     I'm the most useful tree. I store massive amounts of water in my stems to be ready for a drought because where I live has a  lot of drought. I can provide shelter, food, clothes, and water for animals or humans! A useful tool I also have is my bark. It could be used for cloth or rope. Also a food was made from me it’s called the cream of tartar. Long time ago, my huge trunk was used for jail. My leaves that has fruits can be eaten and they have vitamins and proteins. My seed could be a tasty snack!

 

Baobab

General Facts

Baobab 

     I was found in Africa and I was the first tree to be on land. My nickname is The Tree Of Life. There are 9 different species of Baobab and I could get really old. Like more than 1,000 years! Maybe If I’m lucky I could be alive to 2,000 years! I’m usually about 5 to 30 meters tall and my trunk diameter is 7 to 11 meters. But I’m leafless for nine months that’s a very long time almost a year.

 

     I’m called the Grape Tree because the leaves that I have has little berries and they look like grapes. The little berries I have are in the grape family. Grapes have like a purple color. And the berries I have has a bright-wine colored. One thing that are different about the berries is that I have toxic berries so you can’t eat them.

 

Finally Dear Cyphostemma Juttae, why are you called "Grape Tree?"

Cyphostemma Juttae

     I am found in a very hot place and I can live with very little water. I grow very slow so it takes me a long time for me to get to my maximum size. When I’m fully grown I grow up to 2 meters. My trunk can be 1 meter across.  I am a summer growing species. My leaves have a rubbery texture. Long time ago, Bushmen in Southern Africa used my juice from my berries to poison the tips of their arrow!

General Facts

Cyphostemma Juttae

Where are all the plants located?

The places where Rafflesia Arnoldii are.

All the places where Aloe Vera are.

The location where Ricinus is.

The location of Welwitschia Mirabilis

The locations where Clathrus Ruber is.

The location where Nerium Oleander is.

The location where Cyphostemma Juttae is

The location where Victoria Amazonica

The location where Baobab is 

The locations where Abrus Precatorius is.

Dracunculus Vulgaris is at the Central and Eastern Mediterranean

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Victoria Amazonica

What 4 plants does positive affects to the world?

Aloe Plant

Baobab

Ricinus

Which plant is the most useful to people?

 

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~ Provides shelter,food, and water.

~ Every part of the tree is useful

~ Fruits has tons of nutrients

~ Seeds can be used to make cosmetic oils.

~ The bark can be turned to rope or clothings.

 

 

~ A medicine for disorders

~ In China It was used for sore throat

~ Roots of the plant is used for liver disorders

~The oil could help headache.

~ Helps sunburns

~ Soothe skins

~ Cure Acnes

~ Contains different nutrients

 

~ It's safe

~ Can hold 136 kilograms

~Seed can be eaten and roasted

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