Collection of interesting plant facts and information for kids
Always curious about what's amazing about trees, plants you see everyday and everywhere? Wondering about the tallest-growing and oldest-growing trees? Hunting for the answer about flowers with smell of rotting meat? The answer lies on this article. Check and enjoy this awesome collection of interesting plant facts and information for kids that will amaze you.
Top 10 interesting facts and information on plants for kids
1. A plant can paralyze human vocal chords
A plant named “Mother-In-Law’s tongue or Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia) is widely used as an ornamental plant in houses. The name “Dumb Cane” is attributed to its toxic sap which is highly poisonous and when ingested can cause the tongue to swell and can paralyze the vocal cords taking away your voice. This plant has the same affect on dogs and cats. The Dieffenbachia has the ability to grow quicky and therefore, it needs to be re-potted from time to time.
2. About 90 percent of the foods we eat come from just 30 plants
Out of tens of thousands of plants we could eat, mankind chooses to consume only about 30 of them. It’s crazy to contemplate how limited our diets are compared to all of the different foods we could be eating. If you think the selection of which plants we eat has anything to do with their nutritional benefits, however, you’d be wrong …
3. There is a period of time when tulips were worth more than gold
During the 1600s, tulips were so valuable in Holland that their bulbs were worth more than gold. The craze was called tulip mania, or tulipomania, and caused the crash of the Dutch economy. Tulips can continue to grow as much as an inch per day after being cut.
4. A lot of weird plants on Socotra can’t be found anywhere else on Earth
One third of the plant life on the island of Socotra near Yemen can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. It has been described as “most alien-looking place on Earth” because of their weird plants.
5. Flowers with smell of rotting meat
The flower of the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanium) is the largest unbranched flower in the world and can reach up to 15 feet tall. The bloom produces a smell like that of rotting meat, giving it the common name of corpse flower. A similar smell comes from Rafflesia, another plant that hails from the rain forests of Sumatra. Both plants developed their scent so they could be pollinated by flies; they don't compete with other blooms for butterflies and hummingbirds.
6. 68 percent of plants are facing extinct
While scientists have only examined a fraction of the existing known plant species, of those that have been studied, 68 percent face extinction in the not too distant future. Since plants can’t just up and move as their habitat is being destroyed, they are even more vulnerable than endangered animals.
7. The world's tallest-growing tree is not the oldest-growing tree
The world's tallest-growing tree is the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which grows along the Pacific Coast of the United States, mainly in California. Interestingly enough, it's not the world's oldest-growing tree; that award goes to a bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata).
8. A plant which forces people facial muscles into a smile
The Hemlock Water-Dropwort (Oenanthe crocata) plant is commonly found along ponds and rivers on the island-Sardinia, now part of Italy. This herb is particularly dangerous because of its fragrant smell and sweet-tasting roots that contain neurotoxins which are so dangerous that they are known to create the “Sardonic smile” (a bitter or scornful smile) on the faces of people that come in contact with it.
9. Only 1 percent of rainforest plants have been studied for medicinal potential
Given how valuable plants can be medicinally, the rainforest houses a host of possible cures for ailments new and old. This untapped resource could still hold the key to medical breakthroughs.
10. Bamboo can grow up to 35 inches in a single day
By nature, Bamboo is considered as the fastest-growing woody plant in the world because it can grow 35 inches in a single day.
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