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  • 1. BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL BOTANY By An Admirer Of Nature
  • 2.
    • DEDICATED TO
    • THEOPHRASTUS ( 372 – 287 BC)
    • FATHER OF MODERN BOTANY
  • 3.
    • ALSO DEDICATED TO
    • Carl Linnaeus
    • FATHER OF BINOMIAL NOMENCLATURE
  • 4.
    • Primitive drawing Sacred Egyptian garden
    • (Right, Date Palm) palm tree Thebes,1450 BC
    • Assyria
    • Ancient Egyptian Garden Transporting a tree
  • 5.
    • Plant Kingdom - 400,000 Species
    • Green algae Red algae Brown algae Mosses & Liverworts
    • 6000 4000 2000 25,000 species
    • Ferns Club mosses Horsetails Conifers
    • 12,000 400 36 500
  • 6.
    • Flowering plants 300,000 species
    • MONOCOTYLEDONS
    • (60,000)
    • Orchids (2000) Grasses (15,000)
    • DICOTYLEDONS
    • Daisies Roses Teas
    • Cacti Carrots
  • 7.
    • Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2003)
    • angiosperms :
      • magnoliids
      • monocots
        • commelinids
      • eudicots
        • Core eudicots
          • rosids
            • eurosids I
            • eurosids II
        • asterids
          • euasterids I
          • euasterids I
  • 8.
    • WELWITSCHIA : Single pair of leaves in 1500 years
    • BRISTLECONE PINE : Oldest Living Plant (4800 years)
    • GIANT REDWOOD: 260 FEET HIGH
    • RAFFLESIA – THE LARGEST FLOWER ( 3’ DIA)
    • GIANT SAGUARO : TWO ELEPHANTS WEIGHT
    • GIANT WATER LILY : LEAVES 6’ DIA. & 5” RIM
    • CRANES BILL : INGENIOUS SEED PROPAGATION
    • PUYA RAIMANDII : A FLOWER SPIKE (10 METRES)
    • WATER HYACINTH : FASTEST GROWING PLANT
    • WOLFFIA : THE SMALLEST FLOWERING PLANT
    • DAFFODILS: WORDSWORTH’S FLOWER
    • CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
  • 9.
    • WELWITSCHIA
    • Welwitschia mirabilis DIOECIOUS, EVERGREEN,
    • DESERT GROWING & PERENNIAL
    • Welwitschia: Genus of one species 12’ 18”
    • Named after Friedrich Welwitsch (1806-1872)
    • Coastal Angola & Namibia
    • Produces only single pair of leaves
    • All time record : 8 metres long and 2 metres wide
    • Life of the plant my exceed 1500 years
  • 10.
    • Male cone Female cone Fertilized
    • Division: Gnetophyta
    • Class : Gnetopsida
    • Order : Welwitschiales Female Male
    • Family : Welwitschiaceae
  • 11.  
  • 12.
    • Bristlecone Pine – Oldest Living Plant
    • Slow Growing-1500 Years for 33 Feet
    • 4800 Years old tree Exists
    • USA (ARIZONA) , New Mexico &
    • Colorado Pinus longaeva
  • 13.
    • A tree named Methuselah, discovered in 1957 and dated at 4,767 years. It is so old that it was growing when the Pyramids were being built, centuries before Abraham, tens of centuries before Christ. Milarch and his team came to take cuttings and seeds from the Methuselah Tree in hopes of cloning it for the national Champion Tree Project. Since 1996 more than 70 species of champion trees have been successfully cloned in nurseries
  • 14.
    • The male flowers, or catkins are red-purple in color. The female cones are ovoid, or egg-shaped, and dark purple to brown when mature. Each cone is 2.5 to 3.75 inches long and take 2 years to mature.
    • Leaves are in bundles of five
    • Genus of one species 20’ 30’
  • 15.
    • BRISTLECONE PINE
    • FAMILY: PINACEAE
    • ORDER: CONIFERALES
    • CLASS: CONIFEROPSIDA
    • DIVISION: GYMNOSPERMAE
  • 16.
    • Survival strategies:
    • Needles can live twenty to thirty years and provide a stable photosynthetic capacity to sustain the tree over years of severe stress.
    • Another strategy for surviving is the gradual dieback of bark and the tissue that conducts water (xylem) when the tree is damaged because of fire, lightning, drought or damaging storms. This reduction of tissue that the crown has to supply with nutrients, balances the effect of any damage sustained. The surviving parts remain quite healthy. As an example, "Pine Alpha" at over 4000 years, is nearly four feet in diameter, yet has only a ten inch strip of living bark to support it.
    • Invasions from bacteria, fungus or insects that prey upon most plants are unknown to the bristlecone due to their dense, highly resinous wood. The dry air common in the sub-alpine region can kill by desiccation , but also helps preserve the trees from rotting
  • 17.
    • Bristlecones can remain standing for hundreds of years after death. They fall because the supporting roots finally decay or are undermined by erosion.
    • The oldest bristlecones live in the most exposed sites, with a considerable amount of space between each tree. The longevity of the bristlecone needles and the inability of other plants to grow in the dolomite soil make for little leaf litter or ground cover. This distance in between, combined with the lack of ground cover, is how a tree can sustain a lightning strike, catch fire, and not have the fire spread to surrounding trees.
    • Even the oldest trees have the ability to produce cones with viable seeds
  • 18.
    • Giant Tree
    • Giant redwood
    • Sequoiadendron
    • giganteum
    • Family: Taxodiaceae
    • Order : Coniferales
    • Class : Coniferopsida
    • Division: Gymnospermae
    • California’s giant sequoias
    • on the western slopes
    • of Sierra Nevadas at
    • altitudes 4500’ to 8000’
  • 19.
    • Longevity:
    • up to 3000 years
    • (Next to Bristlecone Pine)
    • Bark thickness up to 2’
    • Bark flavored with tannin
    • - prevents attack from
    • any species
    • Spongy and fibrous
    • (fireproof as asbestos)
    • Earthquakes and erosion
    • can upset
    • But its root covers three
    • to four acres of land
    • 300 year old produces seeds
    • with kernels – the size of a
    • pin head 22 – 30’ 80 – 260’
  • 20.
    • Rafflesia - The Largest flower
    • 27 species in this family
  • 21.
    • Rafflesia arnoldi: Named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781- 1826) and Dr. Arnold
    • 90 cm in diameter and weighs 8 Kg
    • Parasite- growing on roots of various
    • species of Cissus ( vines)
    • Dioecious (male and female flowers on different
    • plants
  • 22.
    • Apetalous (flower
    • without petals)
    • Calyx of 5 spreading
    • fleshy lobes
    • Odour of carrion
    • Sumatra, Malaya and
    • Borneo
  • 23.
    • Bud – one day before Two days after opening
    • After two days begins to decay
    • Family: Rafflesiaceae
    • Order: Refflesiales
    • Sub Class: Rosidae
    • Class: Magnoliopside
    • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • 24.
    • GIANT SAGUARO OR SAGUARO CACTUS
    • Carnegiea gigantea
    • Family: Cactaceae
    • Order: Cactales 10’ 52’
    • Division: Lignosae
  • 25.
    • Carnegiea gigantea
    • Thick 12-24 ribbed,
    • spiny green stem
    • Genus of one species
    • Requires full sun and
    • very well drained soil
    • Propagate by seed in
    • spring or summer
    • One plant weighs as much
    • two elephants and three
    • quarters of this is water
    • Desert areas in S.California,
    • Arizona and N.W. Mexico
  • 26.
    • Age Height
    • 10 years 4 cm
    • 14 years 15 cm
    • 35-45 years 180 cm
    • 2.5 metres - Starts flowering
    • 50 years 4.0 metres
    • 65 years 6.0 metres - Develops first arm
    • 85 years 7- 8 metres - Branched adult
  • 27.
    • Giant Water Lily Victoria cruziana
    • Deep water aquatic
    • Leaves 4.5’ diameter with rim of 8” height
    • Outer side of the rim is greenish
    • In summer 4” (across) white flower with many petals – South America
  • 28.
    • Victoria amazonica
    • Leaves 6’ diameter with a rim of 5”
    • Flower: one foot diameter, white initially,
    • dark pink later 20’
    • Remains open a day or two
    • Sinks under water to ripen the seeds
  • 29.
    • Victoria amazonica ( old name Victoria regia )
    • Hybrids: V. amazonica + V. cruziana
    • Family: Nymphaeaceae South America
    • Order : Nymphaeales - Amazon
    • Class : Magnoliopsida
    • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • 30.
    • A young girl (allegedly Joseph Paxton's daughter) was demonstrating the strength of V. amazonica
  • 31.
    • 10” Cranesbill Stork’s bill
    • Geranium robertianum Erodium cicutarium
    • Family : Geraniaceae
    • Order : Geraniales
    • Class : Magnoliopsida (Dicotyledons)
    • Division : Magnoliophyta (Flowering plant)
  • 32.
    • Erodium ciconium
  • 33.
    • Erodium
    • cicutarium
  • 34.
    • One long "beaked fruits" that point up
    • into the air, is removed from the plant
    • and the top is twisted between thumb
    • and forefinger. The seeds popped from
    • the main part and soon begins to gyrate
    • into spirals. When moisture is added
    • the seed will have more spirals.
  • 35.
    • The corkscrew shaped stamen falls from the plant
    • is screwed into the soil by the changes in the
    • atmosphere. Dry and Humid air unwind and
    • rewind the coils. Deep germination is achieved!
  • 36.
    • Cranesbill seed lands on the ground and the sun shrinks the stem. As the stem shrinks corkscrew
    • action drives the seed underground.
  • 37.
    • Puya raimondii is the largest known bromeliad forming a rosette around 3 meters high and reaching 10 to 12 meters in flower.  Legend has it that the plant takes 150 years to flower. More recent estimates reduce the time for maturity to between 80 and 100 years. Puya raimondii grows in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia at around 4,000 meters, and is said to be threatened with extinction.
  • 38.
    • Puya raimandii
    • GENUS OF 170 SPECIES
    • TERRESTRIAL, EVERGREEN
    • PERENNIALS
    • 80-90 YEARS TO PRODUCE A MASSIVE FLOWER SPIKE UP TO 10 METRES TALL
    • AFTER PRODUCING FEW SEEDS IT DIES
  • 39.
    • FAMILY: BROMDIACEAE
    • ORDER: POLES
    • CLASS : LILIOPSIDA
    • DIVISION: MAGNOLIOPHYTA
  • 40.
    • WATER HYACINTH Eichhornia crassipes
    • FLOATING AQUATIC PERENNIAL
    • THICK FLOATING STEM
    • BEARING ROSETTES OF ROUNDED
    • TO OVATE LEAVES ( 6” ACROSS)
    • INFLATED SHINY PALE GREEN STALKS
  • 41.
    • Fastest growing plant in the world
    • Long purple green roots hang down
    • 12” under water 18”
    • FAMILY : PONTEDERIACEAE 18”
    • ORDER : LILIALES
    • DIVISION : MAGNOLIOPHYTA (Flowering plant)
    • CLASS : LILIOPSIDA (Monocotyledons)
  • 42.
    • Eichhornia crassipes
    • A weed with beautiful flower
    • Reproduce asexually very quickly
    • Water pollution filter: Nitrates, phosphates
    • Potassium, Toxic Wastes, Pesticides &
    • Heavy Metals.
    • Bulb like structure contain air pockets
  • 43.
    • Some fish including tetras,
    • rainbow-fish, killifish can
    • use its root as spawning
    • ground
    • Fish can survive there for a
    • short time since the plant grow rapidly cutting
    • off oxygen and suffocating the fish
  • 44.
    • Department of Boating and Waterways, California maintains a program of control of aquatic weeds in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to keep the channels open for navigation and commerce. The weeds grew to choke Delta waterways in the 1980s, interfering with irrigation, agriculture, recreation, and business there.
  • 45.
    • A population of Wolffia columbiana (A),
    • W. globosa (B), and W. borealis (C) in the
    • San Dieguito River of San Diego County,
    • California. The smallest plants are
    • W. globosa, some of which are only
    • 0.3 to 0.5 mm in diameter
  • 46.
    • THE SMALLEST KNOWN FLOWERING PLANT
    • WOLFFIA
    • A wolffia plant is about 10 20
    • power larger than a water
    • molecule. The earth is about
    • 10 20 power larger than a
    • wolffia plant.
    • Wolffia plants also produce
    • the world's smallest flower.
    • Two Wolffia angusta plants in
    • full bloom will fit inside a
    • small printed letter “o” in a
    • page of a book
  • 47.
    • (California and Pacific Northwest. )
    • The world's smallest flowering plant also has one of the most rapid rates of vegetative reproduction. The Indian species, Wolffia microscopica, can produce a smaller daughter plant in its basal reproductive pouch by budding every 30-36 hours.
  • 48.
    • Wolffia arrhiza
    • FAMILY : LEMNACEAE
    • ORDER : ARALES
    • CLASS : LILIOPSIDA
    • DIVISION :
    • MAGNOLIOPHYTA
  • 49. The Daffodils Williams Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
  • 50. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never - ending line Along the margin of a bay; Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
  • 51.
    • The waves beside them danced; but they Out - did the sparkling waves in glee. A poet could not be but gay. In such a jocund company; I gazed - and gazed - but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought;
  • 52.
    • Narcissus odorus
    • For often when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.
  • 53.
    • 'Cockermouth - Wordsworth Memorial'
    • This bronze bust of the poet, unveiled on 7 April 1970, the bicentenary of poet’s birth, by his great-great
    • -grandson.
    • As part of the same celebrations, 27000 daffodils were planted on open spaces and approaches to the town.
  • 54.
    • J.W. Waterhouse,1903 Caravaggio,1598 Salvador Dali,1936
    • ECHO and NARCISSUS
    • Tiresias foretells the fate of Narcissus
    • "He will live a long life if he never knows himself"
    • Beautiful, proud, aloof youth Bernard Lepicie 1771
    • Rejects all lovers, incl. the nymph Echo, who wastes away
    • Falls in love with his own reflection
    • Dies of love for himself, turned into flower
    • Hence the term: "Narcissism "
    • Nicolas Poussin 1628
  • 55.
    • Son of the nymph Liriope
    • and of the sacred river
    • Kiphissos, Narcissus was
    • punished by Nemesis and
    • then fell in love with his
    • reflection in a pool and
    • pined away, becoming the
    • flower that bears his name.
    • Echo, daughter of the Air and the Earth, a lovely nymph fell in love with Narcissus but lacked the power of speech and could only repeat the last syllables of what she heard (punishment made by Zeus’s wife, Juno)
  • 56.
    • Narcissus pseudonarcissus
    • Riverside, grassy slopes, damp woods & meadows
    • Northwest Europe to North of England
    • Spain, Portugal & Italy
    • Family : Liliaceae
    • Order : Liliales 6 - 14”
    • Class : Liliopsida
    • Division :Magnoliophyta
  • 57.
    • This cloned Narcissus odorus originated as a hybrid of the wild Jonquil ( N. jonquilla ) with the Lent Lily ( N. pseudonarcissus ). Despite that it is a hybrid it is regarded as a botanical narcissus because it was discovered as a wildflower in the eastern Mediterranean region, where spontaneous crosses of wild daffodils & wild jonquils were first reported in 1595 & in 1601.
  • 58.
    • Narcissus species
  • 59.
    • 350 species of Aristolochia
    • Aristolochia fimbriata
    • Dutchman's pipe native to Argentina.
    • Small flies landing on the erect upper
    • calyx lobe slip down into the inflated,
    • pipe-like chamber below.
  • 60.
    • Dutchman's pipe
    • ( Aristolochia californica )
    • A native to the Coast Ranges
    • of Central and Northern
    • California, and the foothills
    • of the Sierra Nevada.
    • Family : Aristolochiaceae
    • Order : Aristolochiales
    • Class : Magnoliopsida
    • Division : Magnoliophyta
  • 61.
    • Small flies after landing slip down
    • Wax granules on the inner surface
    • Dense, downward pointing hairs
    • Imprisoned flies get rationed nector
    • Male anthers release pollen several
    • days after the female stigma
    • becomes no longer receptive
    • Hairs wilt and flower tilts horizontally
    • Flies walk out for cross pollination after
    • getting fresh pollen all over the body
  • 62.
    • The bizarre flower of a
    • Brazilian Dutchman's pipe
    • Aristolochia gigantea
    • The front view (left) shows a
    • central yellow spot where an
    • opening leads into an enclosed
    • pouch. The back view (right)
    • superficially resembles a pair of
    • lungs with a canal leading into
    • an inflated, stomach-like pouch.
    • The blossom is over 14 inches
    • (36 cm) long.
  • 63.
    •   Carnivorous Plants
    • Plants that eat animals
    • Insectivorous plants
    • Moor lands or in logy places
    • Soil lack nitrogen and other minerals
    • Aldrovanda, Byblis, Cephalotus, Darlingtonia, Dionaea, Drosera, Drosophyllum, Genlisea, Heliamphora, Nepenthes, Pinguicula, Sarracenia, Triphyophyllum and Utricularia.
  • 64.
    • Nepenthes leaf Normal leaf
    • The basic structure of Nepenthes pitchers
  • 65.
    • Nepenthes rajah
    • Capable of holding 2.5 litres of digestive fluid
    • Pitcher is Up to 35 cm high and 18 cm wide
    • Largest pitcher plant
  • 66.
    • Karst limestone cliffs off the east coast of
    • Misool (one of the four big islands of
    • the Raja Ampat group) are the native
    • habitat to Nepenthes treubiana
    • Pitcher plants:- 100 species
    • S E Asia, Madagascar, Australia & N. America
  • 67.
    • Nepenthes albomarginata
  • 68.
    • Nepenthes refflesiana
    • A female inflorescence & two male flowers (top)
    • Family : Nepenthaceae Order : Nepenthales
    • Class : Magnoliopsida Division : Magnoliophyta
  • 69.
    • Saracenia: North American pitcher plants
  • 70.
    • VENUS FLY TRAP Dionaea muscipila
    • Ever green , Insectivorous and Perennial
    • Rosettes of six or more with spreading leaves
    • Leaf with two hinged lobes and 15-20 stiff spines
    • Small winter leaf and large summer leaf
    • Leaves: 3” long with 1” trap in winter
    • 6” long with 1.25” trap in summer
  • 71.
    • Taking just a tenth of a second, the snapping mechanism that a Venus fly trap uses to capture its prey is one of the fastest movements in the plant kingdom. Scientists have long wondered how the plant manages such a feat without muscles or nerves. The answer, according to results published in the journal Nature , is by shape-shifting.
  • 72.
    • When trigger hairs on the leaves are disturbed, the plant moves moisture in the leaf in response.
    • This, in turn, affects the leaf's curvature. A leaf stretches until reaching a point of instability where it can no longer maintain the strain.
    • Like releasing a reversed plastic lid or part of a cut tennis ball, each leaf folds back in on itself, and in the process of returning to its original shape, ensures the victim in the middle.
  • 73.
    • Dionaea muscipula
    • Family : Droseraceae Order : Nepenthales
    • Class : Magnoliopsida Division : Magnoliophyta
  • 74.
    • SUNDEW Drosera capensis
    • Evergreen, Insectivorous and Perennial
    • Rosettes of narrow leave with red tiny tentacles
    • If any fly that lands on the hairy leaves of the
    • sticky sundew its legs are entangled in the
    • glue produced by the sundew’s hairs
  • 75.
    • Drosera capensis
    • 6” 6-12”
    • Family : Droseraceae Order : Nepenthales
    • Class : Magnoliopsida Division : Magnoliophyta
  • 76.
    • Cobra Lilies
    • Darlingtonia californica
    • Family : Sarraceniaceae Order : Sarraceniales
    • Class : Magnoliopsida Division: Magnoliophyta
  • 77.
    • Opening is at the bottom of the hood
    • Insect enters the chamber through this opening
    • Truly translucent patches are called fenestrations
    • Fenestrations provide more light to the trap
    • Insect tries to leave through more light which is not the exit but to the trap. A small amount of
    • liquid is retained at the base of the pitcher
  • 78.
    • Darlingtonia
    • californica
    • Family : Sarraceniaceae
    • Order : Nepenthales
    • Class : Magnoliopsida
    • Division : Magnoliophyta
  • 79.
    • BLADDERWORT Utricularia vulgaris
    • DECIDUOUS, PERENNIAL AND
    • FREE FLOATING WATER PLANT
    • FAMILY : LENTIBULARIACEAE
    • ORDER : LAMIALES
    • CLASS : MAGNOLIOPSIDA
    • DIVISION : MAGNOLIOPHYTA
  • 80.
    • Utricularia vulgaris
    • MINUTE BLADDERS, EACH 2 – 5 mm ACROSS
    • EACH BLADDER HAS INSIDE OPENING LID
    • PARTIAL VACUUM INSIDE
    • INSECT ONCE ENTERED CANNOT ESCAPE
    • TINY GLANDS INSIDE THE BLADDER
    • ABSORB THE INTERNAL WATER AND
    • EXPEL IT ON THE OUTSIDE
  • 81.
    • Utricularia vulgaris
    • The bladder traps which
    • are up to 5mm in diameter
    • are activated by tiny
    • trigger-hairs at the entrance
    • to the trap. On touching
    • these trigger hairs insects are
    • sucked into the trap by a vacuum at speeds of up to 1/15,000th of a second. Digestive juices released inside the bladders absorb nutrients before the empty insect husk is ejected. Glands inside the bladders then absorb water out of the interior to create a vacuum and thus reset the trap.
  • 82.
    • COMMON BUTTERWORT Pinguicula vulgaris
    • PERENNIAL AND INSECTIVOROUS
    • YELLOW GREEN LEAVES ( 1 – 2”) WITH ROLLED EDGES
    • LEAVES SECRETE STICKY FLUID THAT CATCHES INSECT
    • SINGLE PURPLE FLOWER , 3 LOBED LOWER LIP
    • AND 2 LOBED UPPER LIP
  • 83.
    • FAMILY : LENTIBULARIACEAE
    • ORDER : PERSONALES
    • CLASS : MAGNOLIOPSIDA
    • DIVIOSION : MAGNOLIOPHYTA
    • HABITAT:- NORTHERN HEMISPHERE