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What are frankincense and myrrh, anyway?
The history and mystery of these botanicals go way beyond the Magi.
After 50 years, botanists finally identified this Amazonian plant
The specimen had been sitting at the Field Museum since the early 1970s.
Meet the world’s newest carnivorous plant
This North American herb uses its glistening, reddish hairs to snare bugs.
Get to know the plant that showed up in the National Spelling Bee finals
Murraya paniculata shared a piece of the limelight with the winner, Zaila Avant-garde.
The bizarre botany that makes corn a fruit, a grain, and also (kind of) a vegetable
Really this says more about how strange the category "vegetable" is than about corn itself.
This plant spins its own woolen coat
The alpine plant shoots the substance out of holes in its cell walls.
One of the most studied plants in the world can grow an extra organ
It took 13 years to confirm the weird appendage wasn’t a genetic anomaly.
These 142-year-old seeds sprouted after spending more than a century underground
These resilient plants are part of a centuries-long experiment at Michigan State University.
Indigenous languages hold the keys to medicinal forest libraries
When languages die, so do entire generations of botanical knowledge.
Seed banks are full of hidden fungi, and scientists love it
The future is fungal.