Of flowering plants there are, as far as at present is known, 185 species, and 40 cryptogamic species, making altogether 225; of this number I was fortunate enough to bring home 193.
If this character were owing merely to immigrants from America, there would be little remarkable in it; but we see that a vast majority of all the land animals, and that more than half of the flowering plants, are aboriginal productions It was most striking to be surrounded by new birds, new reptiles, new shells, new insects, new plants, and yet by innumerable trifling details of structure, and even by the tones of voice and plumage of the birds, to have the temperate plains of Patagonia, or rather the hot dry deserts of Northern Chile, vividly brought before my eyes.
In the foreground were box-bordered walks, smooth, sleek lawns, and formal beds of gorgeous flowering plants
, while here and there marble statues of wood nymph and satyr gleamed, sparkling in the brilliant sunlight, or, half shaded by an overhanging bush, took on a semblance of life from the riotous play of light and shadow as the leaves above them moved to and fro in the faint breeze.
Here and there were flowering plants
, unknown to me; here and there I saw snakes, and one raised his head from a ledge of rock and hissed at me with a noise not unlike the spinning of a top.
The mountain seemed, for the most part, rugged, bare, and sterile; yet here and there it was clothed with pines, and with shrubs and flowering plants
, some of which were in bloom.
An hour later found us in the time-rounded gullies of the hills, amid the beautiful flowering plants
that abound in the arid waste places of Barsoom.
Two large orange-trees, now fragrant with blossoms, threw a delicious shade; and, ranged in a circle round upon the turf, were marble vases of arabesque sculpture, containing the choicest flowering plants
of the tropics.
CHITRAL -- Zerbali, hitherto a famous flowering plant
grown in Chitral and second only to Ishperu Gulab, a local variety of rose, is almost extinct as people avoid growing it due to the wide space it covers.
A 140 million-year-old bloom bearing a striking resemblance to a water lily was the mother (and father) of every flowering plant
living today, scientists believe.
London, January 11 ( ANI ): The oldest evidence of sexual reproduction has been found in a flowering plant
dating back 100 million years.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A 100-million-year old piece of amber has been discovered which reveals the oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant
-- a cluster of 18 tiny flowers from the Cretaceous Period -- with one of them in the process of making some new seeds for the next generation.
A major breakthrough that would explain the evolution of flowers and hold clues to improving all major food crop species, has been achieved in a study, in which researchers have successfully sequenced the genome of the flowering plant
Amborella for the first time.